A broken leg in the New York Giants’ final preseason game has kept Andre Brown out for the first eight weeks of the season.
The Giants believe that Brown will be able to make his debut next week against the Oakland Raiders after their bye this week.
According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN.com, Giants’ running backs coach Jerald Ingram thinks Brown will be ready to play next Sunday.
“I’m very confident,” Ingram said. “I think he’s practiced well in the last few weeks. He’s eager to get out there. He’s a competitor and he’s gone through an awful lot and he has a lot of pain in his heart and I think he’ll be ready to go.”
Brown was placed on the short-term injured reserve list to begin the season. The game against Oakland is the first game he will be eligible to play in. He has been allowed to practice with the team the past two weeks. The Giants could use his return to the lineup. They’ve already called upon five different running backs to start games this season due to injuries to Brown and David Wilson.
Brown started two games for the Giants last season and carried 73 times for 385 yards and eight touchdowns on the year.