Andre Brown has been very valuable as Tom Coughlin's second option out of the backfield this season, but an injury could put that in jeopardy.
UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
While we will have to wait and see just how the Giants plan to use Brown, Pat Hanlon released a photo with all of Sunday's inactive players listed and Brown's name was nowhere to be seen.
Brown was practicing earlier this week, so it is not a shock to see him out there. His faulty shoulder could make him a fantasy risk, but just having him out there will be a boost to owners everywhere.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 7, at 3:07 p.m. ET
Good news for Giants fans who might have been worrying about Andre Brown's shoulder after Sunday's loss. The backup running back was a full participant in today's practice and looks to be on track to be ready to go.
Blackburn, Bradshaw, Canty, Nicks, Phillips, Snee and Jacquian did not practice. Baas, Pascoe and Rivers were limited. Andre Brown went full— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 7, 2012
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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Good news for Giants fans. According to New York Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano, Brown's shoulder is fine:
DT Chris Canty said he doesn't believe his groin injury is serious. And RB Andre Brown said his injured shoulder is "good". #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) November 5, 2012
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Andre Brown (shoulder) return questionable. Same with Chris Canty (groin).— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 4, 2012
Losing Ahmad Bradshaw would hurt the Giants much more, but losing Brown is a significant loss nonetheless. His size makes him a reliable goal-line option, and he had already punched one in against Pittsburgh in the first half.
On the year, Brown has 46 carries for for 236 yards and five touchdowns. He's seen plenty of spot duty when Bradshaw has been banged up or ineffective, and he's been very productive in those limited appearances. His production has even been good enough to supplant talented rookie David Wilson as the team's No. 2 option.
If Brown is injured for any period of time, Wilson will receive more carries behind Bradshaw. The Giants know how important it is to keep Bradshaw healthy because he makes their offense much more dangerous. A consistent second option is necessary whether Brown can go or not. Wilson is talented, but he only has 17 carries for his career, primarily earning his time as a special-teams returner instead.
Bradshaw played in 12 games last season and he's missed one game this year. Insurance is necessary, and Brown is the guy who can provide that important element for Coughlin's team. There are worse options to lose, but not if Bradshaw does happen to go down.
For fantasy owners who have Brown stashed on the bench, even a slight injury should depreciate his value enough to make you consider dropping him.
Stay tuned for updates concerning the Giants' important No. 2 ball-carrier.