Andre Brown Tweeted this afternoon that his suspension has been lifted. Brown, you may remember, was facing a four-game punishment for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. If it’s true*, that’s good news for Brown and, apparently, the Giants who are expecting some big things from his this season.
(*UPDATE: The NFL has confirmed that the suspension has been lifted, although the league notes that the details of the decision are confidential.)
“He’s big, he’s fluid, he’s strong, we drafted him so that he could catch the ball out of the backfield,” running backs coach Jerald Ingram said of him this week. “He really is gifted. Athletically, he might be as good as anybody out there.”
The thing that has held Brown back, Ingram said, was knowing the offense. Brown was drafted by the Giants and blew out his Achilles as a rookie. He then bounced around for two years before rejoining the Giants last summer in training camp and then spending the season on the practice squad.
“He came back last year and showed that he actually could learn some of the things that we had done, and as he progresses and gets that opportunity, he has the size to pick up 250 pound linebackers,” Ingram said, noting the importance of blocking from Giants running backs. “He’s got physical toughness, he has got great hands, he has that ability. But can he put it all together is what we’re interested in seeing finally. Has he matured to that level of being an every-down back? We took him, the Giants took him, thinking that he had that ability to be a solid every-down type of back, like we had in a Derrick Ward. … Have we progressed with him? That’s a challenge for him that we’re looking forward to.”
Of course Brown would hardly have been an every-down back if he was not allowed to play in any downs for the first four games. With DJ Ware, Da'Rel Scott and first-round pick David Wilson all competing for carries behind Ahmad Bradshaw, it sounds like Brown is back in the race thanks to this suspension repeal.