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ACL injury to rookie DT Markus Kuhn a big loss to Giants

Markus Kuhn warms up before playing against the

Markus Kuhn warms up before playing against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 18, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Markus Kuhn grew up in Germany and English is his second language, but he was able to sum up his situation pretty succinctly Monday.

"It's definitely a bummer," he said of the ACL injury he suffered on Sunday that will cost him the rest of his rookie season.

Losing a seventh-round pick who plays a dozen or so snaps a game may not sound like a crippling injury, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said having the rookie defensive tackle sidelined for the rest of the season with an ACL injury is a huge loss for the Giants.

"He plays a big role," Fewell said of the player who spells Chris Canty, Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard for 10 to 15 plays per game. "Those were key plays and he didn't make a lot of mistakes. He was very solid in what he was doing."

The loss of Kuhn means Marvin Austin likely will have an increased role. Kuhn had passed Austin, last year's second-round pick, on the depth chart. "We have to look at the next man up and Marvin is the next man up," Fewell said. "We hope that Marvin can come in and contribute."

Hixon has a sprain

Domenik Hixon suffered what he called "the best-case scenario" to his right ankle in Sunday's game: a high ankle sprain. MRIs showed no further damage to the joint, which Hixon injured when he was bent backward on a hit by Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga in the first quarter.

Giant steps

Fewell said that safety Stevie Brown should have provided deep help for Corey Webster on the 56-yard TD pass to A.J. Green on Sunday, but Webster should have recognized Brown was not there and remained with Green. "Two mistakes on one play," Fewell said . . . Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said RB Andre Brown started on Sunday because he "deserved some chances" and was well-suited for the no-huddle with which the team opened.

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