In the aftermath of the New York Giants‘ win Sunday, they learned that backup running back Andre Brown broke his fibula. It was the one dark spot of an otherwise great night for the franchise.
News coming out of New York is that they have signed former Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain to keep the depth of the position in tact. Despite Tom Coughlin saying “it’s his time” in reference to rookie David Wilson, the Giants clearly felt they needed to shore up the depth.
What @jasonlacanfora tweeted: Giants to sign RB Ryan Torain. Finalizing it now.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 27, 2012
Brown had gotten an opportunity with the Giants again after bouncing around the NFL for the previous two seasons. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, but an Achilles injury robbed him of his rookie season and any chance of making the roster the following year.
He spent most of the previous two seasons on a couple of different teams, but ended up on the Giants’ practice squad to conclude the year. He was impressive in training camp and beat out D.J. Ware as Ahmad Bradshaw‘s backup.
Other than his one fantastic start against the Carolina Panthers, he’s been primarily used as a goal line back. His eight rushing touchdowns lead the team, and all eight of them were of the two-yard-or-less variety. He was showing much improvement and a reliable option if Bradshaw ever got hurt.
Now, they turn to the rookie Wilson and Torain to shoulder the load behind Bradshaw. Torain started eight games in 2010 for the Redskins, finishing with 742 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
The work earned him the starting running back spot with Washington in 2011, but he quickly lost favor with head coach Mike Shanahan. He has not played a game yet in 2012, but look for the Giants to use him in goal line situations.
At 6’1, 218, he provides the Giants will a big back they should be able to count on inside the five yard line.
Given Bradshaw’s injury history, it was nice to see him have a great game against the Packers. If he gets hurt though, Coughlin will be forced to decide between a rookie and a guy who only joined the team as the calender turned to December.
Here’s to hoping Bradshaw stays healthy.