Giants Lose Safety Stevie Brown for Season With Torn Ligament

New York Giants starting free safety Stevie Brown, whose eight interceptions last year were tied for the second-most in the National Football League, will miss this season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Brown was placed on injured reserve yesterday, a day after his knee buckled as he returned an interception during the Giants’ preseason loss against the New York Jets. Tests showed that Brown suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“I feel badly for him,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Brown on a media conference call. “He’s worked hard. He’s prepared himself well and been in a position where he’s made a lot of plays for us. We will definitely miss him.”

The Giants’ other starting safety, Antrel Rolle, has been out since Aug. 12 with a sprained ankle, though Coughlin said he expects him back for the team’s opening regular-season game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 8. Coughlin said Ryan Mundy, who has been filling in for Rolle, will probably replace Brown after Rolle returns.

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