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New York Giants Fall 28-20 to New England Patriots; Lose Andre Brown to Fractured Leg

August 29th, 2013 at 10:40 PM
By Dan Benton

After suffering through a slew of late training camp injuries, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin questioned whether or not to play his starters in Thursday's preseason finale against the New England Patriots. He opted to do so, and in addition to losing the game, he also lost running back Andre Brown to a fractured left leg.

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Brown went down late in the first quarter with what looked like a minor ankle injury, and even managed to walk himself into the locker-room. But after x-rays were taken, it was revealed that he had suffered a left leg fracture for the second year in a row — an injury that may, again, end his season.

In addition to Brown, safety Tyler Sash left the game with a concussion, wide receiver Marcus Harris left with a shoulder injury and tight end Adrien Robinson also left with a foot injury. Of the three, only Harris returned to the field.

Despite it being overshadowed by injuries — as it usually is — there was an actual football game played on Thursday night. And for the first time all preseason, the Giants were able to score inside the redzone. The first came off of an Eli Manning pass to Hakeem Nicks, while the second would come on a one-yard Da'Rel Scott plunge.

Still, there was legitimate concern with the starting offense. It wasn't until their final series of the game (and preseason) that they appeared to be in sync at all. Prior to that, Manning was clearly on a different page than his wide receivers. Luckily, the reshuffled offensive line — led by rookie Justin Pugh — allowed him enough time to eventually get comfortable and make things work.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants played relatively well from start to finish. The defensive line produced consistent pressure, while some of the linebackers really showed great strides. There were some minor issues in the secondary, especially for rookie safety Cooper Taylor who was playing in his first NFL game, but that can be chalked up to lack of experience.

When all was said and done, the Patriots walked away with a 28-20 win, leaving the Giants at 1-3 to end the preseason.

Random preseason stat: In four games, Steve Weatherford punted the ball 24 times.

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Andre Brown, Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Pugh, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tyler Sash

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22 Responses to “New York Giants Fall 28-20 to New England Patriots; Lose Andre Brown to Fractured Leg”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Great news girls: they get home tonight and start game planning for the regular season early tomorrow morning

  2.  GmenMania says:

    Here’s what I’ll say regarding Brown’s injury:

    It’s terrible that it happened, and I don’t think he should have been in at that point in the final preseason game. Coughlin does this a lot, and I have no idea why.

    However, Brown probably isn’t out for the whole season. I remember last year when he broke his leg, there was talk of perhaps using the short term IR on him so he could return if we made the playoffs. That didn’t happen, but it should now. Brown could potentially return halfway through the season.

    Additionally, this injury, albeit a big blow to an unproven RB corps and a hard-working, good player, will not hurt this team too much. Wilson was always going to get more carries; now he’ll just get some more. Hopefully Brown will return by midseason, but if he doesn’t, it won’t kill our playoff chances.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    A lot of confusing things come out of this game but I’ve got a few things I feel pretty certain about:

    1) Pugh is for real and we’ll be in excellent shape on offense once Baas returns (assuming we pick up a running back like Turner, Mcgaughee or Wells to back up Wilson;

    2) They should cut Nassib and send him through waivers (no one should claim him) to the practice team;

    3) Charles James HAS to be in this roster; and

    4) they should keep both Rogers and Patterson and to hell with Austin.

    I also have to say that I will never understand what Ojomo did to deserve the way he was never given a chance, and that having Brown in the game when he was hurt was bewildering.

    •  William says:

      scott?? I know ur not a big fan but do you see Torian or Cox over him.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Cox will probably make it based on special team play. But Scott looked the best he has in a few years. Torain, though, has experience and can protect Eli. They’re not going to keep three young backs. They need some experience back there. I think they’re calling Michael Turner as we speak. Does Scott beat out Cox and send Cox to the practice team? Maybe, but I wouldn’t count on it unless they think he can return knockoffs as well.

        •  Hanshi says:

          Torain can protect Eli?

          NFL’s worst blocking halfbacks, 2010

          PFF blocking grade Sacks Snaps
          Chris Johnson -7.1 1 835
          Adrian Peterson -7.1 1 686
          Ray Rice -6.4 5 832
          LaDainian Tomlinson -4.3 1 712
          BenJarvus Green-Ellis -4.0 2 442
          Ryan Torain -3.6 3 391

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Also, Herzlich looked better than Connor and both Trattou and Broha look pretty good.

    And our special teams look great. That is one HUGE positive going into the season.

    Randle looks a year away from really “getting” it. I think Murphy may get a lot of snaps this season and I like that idea.

    Robinson, too, looks a year away and Donnell actually looks more advanced.

  5.  Hanshi says:

    IF we bring in another RB, I think it would be Michael Turner, Willis McGahee or BJ.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Feel sorry for Andre Brown but lets be honest here. Dude has played 14 NFL games and now has had 3 season ending injuries. Guy is just injury prone. I think Torain, Cox and Scott could all now make the roster. Giants could also bring in a vet like BJ, Turner or Wells.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    I really Hope Mike Patterson makes this squad. Really like the way he plays

  8.  Hanshi says:

    Paul Schwartz

    Andre Brown, with broken bone in left leg, said he is “looking forward to coming back this season.”

  9.  demo3356 says:

    Giants 101
    Tom Coughlin doesn’t believe Andre Brown injury is season-ending.

  10.  demo3356 says:

    Andre Brown ?
    Big Blue Nation WE Great!!!!!!!! Minor setback for a major comeback!

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