[Note by Ed Valentine, 11/07/13 11:35 AM EST: Various reports on Twitter are indicating that David Wilson is likely headed to IR. Official word on what the Giants will do is expected this afternoon.]
Brown was placed on short-term IR after the final pre-season contest and is finally eligible to return to the field Week 10 when the Giants face the Oakland Raiders. While it's certainly good news for Brown and the Giants stagnant rushing attack, it does mean the team is faced with a roster decision.
Among the players that could be effected are David Wilson, Brandon Jacobs, Corey Webster, and Jayron Hosley.
Wilson has been out of commission since Oct. 6 with a neck injury, and there is barely any light at the end of the tunnel. The second-year pro, who was expected to take over the reigns of the Giants backfield in 2013, was unable to be effective with the Giants offensive line struggling early on. And while the unit has bounced back in recent weeks, Wilson's health is not cooperating.
On Monday the team released a statement saying Wilson has made "significant process" with his injury and it will not require surgery. However, Wilson needs to undergo further evaluation in the coming weeks and has yet to be cleared to resume practicing. If and when Wilson can return to the field is a major question mark, and by the time he is actually cleared the Giants' season may already be over. Putting him on IR and effectively ending his season may be the best option.
The Giants could be patient with Wilson and instead move Jacobs to IR or simply release him. Jacobs is in danger of missing his third straight game this week, and at 31 years of age you can't help but wonder how an injury will effect him if and when he can return this season.
Moving Jacobs to IR or cutting bait with the vet means the Giants don't have to place Wilson on IR, so if the younger, more talented back can return before season's end he'll have an opportunity to try and produce. A positive conclusion to Wilson's second season could inflate his confidence going into the offseason and start of his third year.
Other options could be ending the season for one of injured cornerbacks. Both Webster and Hosley have dealt with injuries throughout the early part of the season.
Webster has been battling a groin injury, which has caused him to missed game time and practice sporadically throughout the first 10 weeks. Hosley, who's dealing with a hamstring injury, has practiced on a limited basis this week, meaning he may be closer to getting healthy.
Whether it's this week or in two weeks, it's more beneficial to the Giants to get one of their top three corners back into the lineup. The unit struggled when it was thinned out, so whether it's now or a little bit later on, Hosley and Webster can contribute.
Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn has been on PUP all season and the Giants need to make a decision on him today, as well. If the Giants don't want to give up on the young defensive tackle it might be best to simply end his season and let him begin 2014 100-percent healthy. The Giants do not need another body in their defensive line rotation this year; between Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson and Shaun Rogers behind Cullen Jenkins and Linval Joseph, the team is in good hands.
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