Back in the 2007 season, New York Giants RB Derrick Ward suffered a broken fibula in a late-season game at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears. Ward was the primary backup for RB Brandon Jacobs, and it wasn’t clear who would fill that void for the Giants after Ward went down.
A seventh round draft pick that season by the name of RB Ahmad Bradshaw stepped and filled in for Ward admirably. Bradshaw helped the Giants win the Super Bowl later that season, and after Ward left the Giants via free agency after the 2008 season, Bradshaw’s role increased greatly.
Unfortunately, the Giants are looking at a similar situation after RB Andre Brown broke his fibula in last night’s win against the Green Bay Packers. As head coach Tom Coughlin stated in the post-game press conference, the news of Brown’s injury makes the victory a little bittersweet.
Brown was coming into his own this season, starting in Week 2 when he filled in for an injured Bradshaw against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Later that week, against the Carolina Panthers, Brown got his first start and rushed for over 100 yards by halftime. After Bradshaw came back, Brown was still getting carries and making the most of them, especially around the end zone.
Brown has eight touchdown runs this season, with all of them coming about a yard or two away from the end zone. He has proven to be a reliable red zone and goal line weapon for the Giants, especially since they’ve been struggling to score touchdowns when in the red zone. Brown also scored a touchdown in the past five games.
This means RB David Wilson will need to step up. He is next in line to get carries behind Bradshaw. Wilson is a speedster, so his speed should compliment Bradshaw’s physical running style pretty well. The Giants have been reluctant to play Wilson for whatever reason. They have no other choice now.