Stevie Brown emerged as a star player for the Giants last year thanks to his dynamic interception returns. It was such a play Saturday night that might cost him a chance at a repeat performance.

Brown left the game after suffering an ugly injury to his left knee while returning an interception off Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The Giants described the injury as a sprain and Brown will undergo tests Sunday, including an MRI, to see if there was any structural damage. But if his inability to put any weight on his left leg while being carried off the field on the shoulders of two trainers is any indication, Brown won't be back on the field for a while. "I feel bad for Stevie Brown," Tom Coughlin said. "He's been a tremendous addition to our team. The guy has another interception and then he has that happen. I don't really understand how it happened. I couldn't see it. I don't think it was a contact injury."

Brown's injury was the second to the Giants' secondary Saturday night. Earlier, cornerback Jayron Hosley sprained his left ankle on a blitz.

The Giants were already short-handed in the secondary with safety Antrel Rolle sidelined by a sprained ankle.

Thomas returns

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Two years and two knee surgeries since his last NFL game, cornerback Terrell Thomas was on the field extensively for the Giants in their nickel and dime packages against the Jets.

"I thought I was going to become emotional at one point, but really I was just so excited to be back on this field," Thomas said. "Physically, I felt great. I don't think I was hesitant at all, and that's the one thing I was worried about after not playing for so long." He was credited with three tackles.

Giant steps

X-rays on TE Adrien Robinson's thumb were negative . . . CB Prince Amukamara said he rolled his ankle . . . In his first start at right tackle, rookie Justin Pugh seemed to play well and did not allow any sacks. Fellow first-time starter Jim Cordle at center did not fare as well, allowing a sack and several pressures of Eli Manning up the middle.