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Andre Brown would be 'pretty close' to return if he was not on IR

Andre Brown #35 of the Giants runs the

Andre Brown #35 of the Giants runs the ball against Lawrence Sidbury #52 of the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 18, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Andre Brown says he’d be “pretty close” to returning to the field if he were not on injured reserve with a designation to return.

The Giants running back fractured his leg in the preseason finale against the Patriots three weeks ago yesterday, and while he is still wearing a protective boot on his left foot he said the fracture itself has healed.

“I’ll get some more tests this week and they want to make sure it’s stable,” Brown said. “The 4-6 week period that they timed it as was accurate.”

Four weeks would have meant Brown possibly returning next week. Instead he has to wait until Week 10 against the Raiders on Nov. 10 to play in his first game of 2013.

“It’s precautionary now,” Brown said. “The bone is healed, they just want to protect it. We’re in no rush now because I’ve got time. I’m eight weeks out from when I can play.”

It’s the second time in a year that Brown has suffered a fracture in his leg. Last year’s required a plate to be surgically implanted to help the bone heal. This one did not require surgery. But Brown said he has been drinking a lot of milk to make his bones stronger.

“That’s all I’m doing!” he said before pointing out that he is lactose intolerant. “So I’m drinking a lot of soy milk!”


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