So much for easing Andre Brown back into the lineup.
The Giants leaned on the running back in his first game back since a second broken leg, giving him 30 carries in their win over the Raiders.
“I carried it 30 times?” Brown said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “It felt like 50.”
Brown taking those carries for 115 yards and a touchdown had a lot to do with the Giants being able to hang on to beat the Raiders on an odd day. He hadn’t carried more than 20 times in a game in his career, and only once did he have more than 13 attempts in a game.
But getting Brown back in such form gives them reason for hope. They’re only a game and a half out of the division lead after an 0-6 start, and Brown could be a symbol of what they’re trying to do as a whole.
He said he wasn’t dwelling on the multiple injuries that have derailed his career, trying to focus on the next carry.
“I’m running for my life out there,” he said. “Pretty simple. . . .
“You can’t think about and dwell on the past or anything. You’ve just got to go and continue to move forward and remain positive and don’t look back. If I look back at all the injuries that I’ve had I wouldn’t be here right now. Just move forward and keep working.”
That approach worked for the Giants yesterday, and with Brown back, might pay a bigger dividend for the team.