Andre Brown, who leads the New York Giants with eight rushing touchdowns, may miss the rest of the National Football League season after being placed on injured reserve with a broken left fibula.
Brown, 25, was injured during the Giants’ 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers two days ago, when he ran for 64 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown for the fifth straight game.
Brown, whose 385 rushing yards are second on the team to Ahmad Bradshaw, isn’t eligible to practice for six weeks and can’t play in an NFL game for eight, meaning he won’t return this season unless the Giants get back to the Super Bowl.
David Wilson, the Giants’ 2012 first-round draft pick, will see more playing time in Brown’s absence. While Wilson, 21, has returned kicks this season, he’s had a limited role in the backfield, rushing for 102 yards on 24 carries.
“Andre played a big role in our offense, so with his absence somebody is going to have to definitely step up on the offensive side of the ball and the coaches told me that I’m the next guy,” Wilson told reporters. “I’ve been preparing and hopefully I’ll be ready when they call my number.”
The Giants in 2007 lost second-leading rusher Derrick Ward to a fractured fibula in their 12th regular-season game and Bradshaw, then a rookie, emerged as the primary backup to Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw had a team-leading 208 yards during the postseason as the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wilson, the third running back drafted this year after Cleveland’s Trent Richardson and Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, has a chance to have a similar impact.
“It’s his time,” Coughlin said at a news conference. “It is a great opportunity for him and I think for our team as well, in terms of what could develop here.”
The Giants, who at 7-4 have a two-game lead in the National Football Conference’s East Division, next visit the Washington Redskins (5-6) on Dec. 3.
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