RB Andre Brown ready to showcase all

Posted May 30, 2013

RB Andre Brown looks to bounce back in 2013 after promising start in 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Andre Brown has run the gamut of emotions in his stop-and-go NFL career.

Beginning with a ruptured Achilles tendon that cost him his entire rookie season, Brown has since been waived eight times, worn five different jerseys, signed on and off practice squads, earned a starting role, led a team in rushing touchdowns, and, last May, he even got a ring.

So a fractured fibula won’t derail what he patiently waited for and achieved in 2012, says Brown. After the Giants’ fourth OTA practice on Thursday, the running back said he is back to 100 percent and participating fully.

“Bones heal a lot faster than Achilles [injuries] and stuff like that,” Brown said. “You wait for it to heal, so you drink more milk.”

Souring a 38-10 victory over Green Bay in Week 12 last season, the injury ended Brown’s year – but with a caveat. The Giants placed Brown on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning the Giants’ 2009 fourth-round draft choice would have been eligible only if the Giants’ advanced to their second consecutive Super Bowl.

It wasn’t in the cards for the Giants or Brown, but the move had the future in mind. That future is now.

“It gave me a little momentum to be like, ‘All right, the season’s not over,’” said Brown, who felt he would have been ready in February. “They could have IR’d me and be like you’re done for the season. But they did that just to make sure that I didn’t get down and I wasn’t throwing it in the tank. They said just to continue to work and if we keep winning games, you’re going to be back out here playing, so be positive. That’s what coach [Tom] Coughlin and [general manager Jerry] Reese and those guys said that’s why they did it.”

Before the injury, Brown had 73 carries for 385 yards (5.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 2012. Previous to the season, Brown had just three career rushing attempts for a loss of one yard on his resume. Now he and David Wilson are working to improve the backfield totals, which have been favorable to multiple runners under Coughlin.

“I feel like the system is good [for us],” Brown said. “It can be a system where we can both produce big seasons. It has been done before, so there’s no doubt.”