Nothing is official yet, but the New York Giants coaching staff is suggesting that running back Andre Brown could return to the lineup as soon as Week 10. Brown has been out all season with a fractured left leg, but appears to be closing in on a full recovery.
The Giants also have a bye for Week 9, giving Brown an extra week for rehab and conditioning work. Head coach Tom Coughlin says they will be taking a “wait and see” approach on the 26 year old’s recovery. He also says he’s been impressed with him the last few weeks and is expecting continued progress leading up to the Week 10 matchup against the Raiders.
Brown joined the Giants in 2009 as a 4th round draft pick (129th overall) out of North Carolina State. He played in 10 games in 2012 and rushed for 385 yards on 73 touches, for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. He also added 8 touchdowns without a single fumble.
The Giants are in need of some new firepower for the 2013 season, as they find themselves last in their division entering their bye week. They are only 2 games out of first place and there will be plenty of opportunity if Brown is able to perform.
When asked about his potential return, Brown said he will be ready when the Giants “unleash” him. The young back is clearly anxious to get back on the field, and could provide some emphatic burst for the G-men in Week 10 when the Raiders come to the Meadowlands.