Giants S Stevie Brown tore his ACL, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2013
I have been waiting all day to blog this, hoping that somehow good news was coming following the MRI, but I knew deep down that Stevie Brown had torn his ACL last night and that his season was over. The MRI results and the great Adam Schefter have just confirmed these fears, the Giants have lost their starting safety for the season, and have a major void to fill defensively before the season opener in Dallas on September 8th. Stevie Brown tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions during the 2012 season, he was one of the Giants most consistent playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, and when he was injured on an interception return during last night’s loss to the New York Jets it looked bad. The team called it a “sprained knee”, but it was a non-contact injury, and as a football fan I knew a non-c0ntact injury is usually much more serious. The knee gave out when he planted his foot in the turf, he could not put any weight on the leg when he was helped off the field, Brown’s season was over. The Giants now have a huge hole at safety, the other starter Antrel Rolle is currently out with an ankle injury, but the Giants are planning for him to play in the opener. The other starting safety spot will likely go to offseason acquisition Ryan Mundy, who has been a career backup and special teamer with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but played well when called into action. The next safety on the depth chart is Jersey City’s own Will “The Thrill” Hill, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Giants have rookie Cooper Taylor, who has also been sidelined with an injury and veteran Tyler Sash available as well, but the depth chart at the position is extremely thin. I expect the Giants to be very active looking at potential free agents as teams begin cutting players, and as Giants fans we need to hope that some talented players are unexpectedly cut, so the team can add some depth at the position before the regular season opener. A position of strength for the Giants has turned into a position of concern due to injuries suffered during this preseason, the worst being to Stevie Brown, and the Giants clearly need help and reinforcements at safety over the next few weeks as other teams make their cuts.