ALBANY - The Giants will have 80 men on their roster for the rest of the month, but only 79 will be able to walk.
That's because Andre Brown, the fourth-round pick from North Carolina State who ruptured his left Achilles tendon Friday night, cannot be placed on injured reserve and replaced on the roster. At least not without clearing waivers, which would never happen for a running back of his potential.
Instead, the Giants must go forward with what they have for the next few weeks. When the roster is reduced to 75 on Sept. 1, they'll be able to place Brown on IR. He is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair the injury.
"That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?" Tom Coughlin said.
Coughlin said Brown was having a strong camp and had a chance to make an impact on the team this season, particularly on special teams. He said Allen Patrick moved up the depth chart to the No. 4 running back and Dwayne Wright, who had been playing as the No. 2 fullback, began taking snaps at running back.
Players still were talking about the season-ending injury to Brown, which occurred when he jumped up for a pass in the end zone. Gerris Wilkinson, who was covering Brown on the play, said he heard Brown screaming as he hit the ground. He also said he heard a click as the two jumped and at first thought Brown had banged his heels together. That click might have been the sound of the tendon popping.
But in the NFL, one player's devastation is another's opportunity. This time it's Patrick's.
"I feel it's an opportunity knocking," Patrick said. "It'll help me better my chances, but at the same time, that's one of our teammates."
"I'm probably one of the fastest backs we got," he said. "I try to use that to my [advantage], just to go out and contribute to the team, bring a lot of speed to the table."
Notes & quotes: WR Sinorice Moss (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday after missing the previous three . . . Danny Clark and Bryan Kehl were back starting at outside linebacker after three practices of Clint Sintim and Chase Blackburn handling the spot . . . Coughlin said the starters will play 15 or so snaps Monday night. He said Barry Cofield, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, who have been one-a-day participants in camp, are scheduled to play. Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Chris Canty and Corey Webster will not . . . Lawrence Tynes (groin) kicked 25 field goals in a private workout Saturday morning and also will kick Sunday.