Andre Brown, the New York Giants running back only famous for singing “We got a ring” on the plane after his teammates won Super Bowl XLII, has been suspended the first four games of the 2012 NFL season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
He got a ring, but he’s also got himself a problem now.
Brown was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL draft, but never got an opportunity to play due to a ruptured Achilles tendon in his rookie season.
The Giants cut him prior to the 2010 season and Brown made his way from the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts before making his way back to the Giants practice squad in 2011.
His career stat line reads two carries for -1 yards.
The suspension severely hurts Brown’s chances of making the team this season. The Giants recently released Brandon Jacobs, so the battle for the No. 2 running back spot was set to begin when the Giants start their off season training this April.
Brown can still participate in the off season drills, but he will have to seriously wow the Giants to warrant keeping him for 12 games over another backup for 16 games.
Something tells me Brown will be looking for work in early September, or maybe even earlier than that.
The backup running back job is up in the air, and there could still be another player competing for that spot, whether via the draft or free agency.
This year’s running back class is not great, but Jerry Reese could address the position in the middle rounds.