Although the team has not made an official announcement, New York Giants running back Andre Brown sent out a tweet on Tuesday indicating that he had been placed on short-term Injured Reserve (IR) with designation to return.
See y'all week 8— Andre Brown (@drebrown35) September 3, 2013
After suffering the broken leg in a 28-20 preseason loss to the New England Patriots, Brown claimed the injury was minor and said he hoped he'd be back in only a few weeks.
"I would love to stay active," he said. "That is how I feel. I feel I can come back from this within a couple of weeks, and that's how small it is. We are definitely looking at it positively."
With the short-term IR designation, Brown cannot begin practicing until after week six and cannot play again until after week eight — which means the earliest he'll see the field again is week 10 against the Oakland Raiders (the team has a bye week during week nine).
With Brown now on IR, it opens up a spot on the Giants' 53-man roster and the team has already spoken to the agents of a number of different running backs including Ryan Grant and Kevin Smith. However, with veteran contracts guaranteed prior to week one, the team will likely wait until week two before they sign anyone.
Update: Tom Rock of Newsday reports that the Giants are not putting Brown on short-term IR … today. It's important to remember the team can place him on IR with a designation to return at any point prior to their week two game. They've likely informed Brown they will do this (evident by his tweet), but are waiting. For what reason? We don't know.
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