New York Giants running back Andre Brown tweeted this afternoon that his four-game suspension by the NFL has been lifted. The Daily News reportedly confirmed Brown's announcement.
Brown was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. The running back said recently that he takes the drug Adderall, but that the suspension came about because he did not file the proper paperwork with the league regarding the medication.
Brown was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 2009, but tore his Achilles Tendon and missed that season. He was released the following year and went through several teams before finding his way back to the Giants last season. He spent 2011 on the team's practice squad.
Brown, now 25, has just two carries in his NFL career. The Giants, though, still seem to believe that Brown -- now 240 pounds after entering the league at 224 -- can still be a productive player.
"Really the thing that has held Andre back is just learning the offense. He's big, he's fluid, he's strong, we drafted him so that he could catch the ball out of the backfield. He really is gifted," running backs coach Jerald Ingram said earlier this week about Brown. "Athletically, he might be as good as anybody out there. But his ability to learn in a lot of people's offenses, because he's had the world tour, that has been his weakness. Now, 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. 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?"
With the suspension lifted Brown gets one more full opportunity to show the Giants he belongs