As word spread quickly of Andre Brown's injury, a broken left fibula, the memories of 2007 came rushing back for Ahmad Bradshaw.
He was a rookie then, and Derrick Ward suffered the same injury in a Week 10 win over the Bears. That allowed Bradshaw to take on an increased role in the Giants' offense and eventually become the team's starting running back.
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He was quick to share those memories with David Wilson, the rookie who, with Brown now gone for the season, will be called upon to see more playing time as the team's second back.
"When I was a rookie, I told David, I had to step in and be a big part of our offense," Bradshaw said. "That's what I expect from David. I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come."
Is Wilson ready for that? Bradshaw was lukewarm.
"I think he can be," he said. "Once we get him going and get him learning a little more in different areas, I think he'll be a great asset to our offense."
Wilson has played a limited part in the offense this season. He had six carries for 13 yards Sunday night after Brown left the game in the fourth quarter and has 24 carries for 102 yards this season.
The coaches said during the bye that they were waiting for him to become a more well-rounded back before he could play more regularly. Now, it seems, they won't have much choice.
"That's why I've been practicing and paying attention," Wilson said. "You never know when your number is called. I'm definitely prepared and I'll definitely take a good approach to preparing for the next game."
Brown's injury leaves the Giants with only two healthy running backs. They put Da'Rel Scott on injured reserve earlier this season. Two weeks ago, they worked out several running backs just in case Bradshaw had trouble with the neck injury that popped up again in the Bengals game. One of the players they worked out was former Colt Joseph Addai, who would seem the most likely running back to be added.
As for Brown, his first full year on an NFL roster was coming together well. He'd become part of the running back rotation and a short-yardage specialist. On Sunday against the Packers, he scored his eighth touchdown of the year, a 2-yarder. None of his touchdown runs has been for more than 2 yards.
Brown's season ends with 73 carries for 385 yards.
Said Tom Coughlin, "That takes an awful lot off of the win."