Giants work out veteran backs, but don’t sign one yet

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The Giants haven’t done the paperwork with injured running back Andre Brown yet, but they’re still expected to put him on the injured reserve/designated for return list, which would knock him out for eight games.

And they’re taking a look at possible replacements for when they do.

According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Giants worked out veteran backs Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer and Leon Washington yesterday, though none were immediately signed.

“That’s going to be discussed,” coach Tom Coughlin said last week of adding a veteran back. “We’ll discuss all of those things. We need some true definition of how long [Brown’s] injury is going to be and once we understand that, I think there will be some discussions about a lot of different things.”

The Giants seem willing to wait a few days for a few reasons. One, they think Brown has a four- to six-week injury, and might need the spot more for another player if there’s an injury in practice. But getting through this week before adding a veteran player prevents them from guaranteeing for the year a salary they only really need to pay for a month or so.

That would mean having little experience behind starter David Wilson, with rookie Michael Cox and former seventh-rounder Da’Rel Scott at the moment.