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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants free safety Stevie Brown, a 2006 Columbus East graduate, will miss the regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he hurt during Saturday’s preseason overtime loss to the Jets, the Giants reported Sunday night.
The 26-year-old Brown, who led the Giants with eight interceptions last season, was placed on injured reserve Sunday night. The eight picks were second in the NFL behind the Bears’ Tim Jennings, who had nine.
“I feel badly for him,” coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday. “He played well for us last year and prepared himself well for this season. We’re definitely going to miss him. We’ll continue because that’s what we do.”
Brown, who played his college ball at Michigan, also established the Giants’ single-season interception-return-yardage record (307) last season. That’s the fourth highest single-season total in NFL history.
For now, his injury leaves the Giants without the starting safeties from a year ago, with strong safety Antrel Rolle still out with a sprained ankle.
The injury occurred while Brown was trying to make a cut on an interception return in Saturday’s 24-21 overtime exhibition loss to the New York Jets. The Giants announced Sunday morning it was a sprain, but an MRI Sunday night revealed the torn ACL.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Brown started 11 games for the Giants last season after bouncing between the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts during his first two NFL seasons. He signed a one-year restricted free-agent tender with the Giants worth $2.023 million in March.
Brown was selected by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He recorded his first NFL tackle Sept. 19, 2010.
against the St. Louis Rams. He had 29 total tackles his rookie year, including a season-high five against the San Diego Chargers.
Last year was a breakout season for Brown in the NFL. Against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 28, Brown had two interceptions and a fumble recovery and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 9, Brown had two interceptions and a forced fumble.
On Dec. 30 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Brown returned a Michael Vick pass 48 yards to ignite a 42–7 Giants victory, earning him a second NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Brown played in eight games for the Colts during the 2011 season.
In high school, Brown was a three-year starter for head coach Bob Gaddis at Columbus East. As a two-way player, he gained 1,700 all-purpose yards as a junior in 2004 and scored 17 touchdowns on offense, while recording 30 solo tackles and three interceptions on defense. Despite playing only three games due to injury his senior year, he was selected first-team all-state. He participated in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
At Michigan, Brown was elected captain as a senior. Over the course of his career with the Wolverines, he had 31 special teams tackles, including 11 as a sophomore when he led the team in 2007. As a senior in 2009, he led the Wolverines in tackles with 80 from his defensive back position. He recorded nine tackles in four different conference games that season.
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