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New York Giants' news, 8/30: Roster choices won't be easy

New York Giants' headlines for Friday, 8/30.

Andre Brown is led from the field after fracturing his left leg Thursday night.
Andre Brown is led from the field after fracturing his left leg Thursday night.
Jared Wickerham

Marvin Austin may or may not have done enough Thursday night to make the New York Giants' final 53-man roster. He after the game, however, that he feels he has done all he can.

"I went out there, I left it on the field," said Austin, who had one tackle against the Pats. "The opportunities that I had, I tried to go out there and make plays. I played within the scheme of the defense. I think technically I played my best game, just as a technician. I didn’t make as many plays as I would love to make."

"We’ve got dogs," said Austin, the Giants' second-round pick in 2011. "Everybody on that D-line can play, as you can see. Pro Bowlers. Former Pro Bowlers. ... At the end of the day I can be happy with the effort that I gave. I went out there, gave everything that I could’ve for this organization because they gave me an opportunity when another organization wouldn’t."

Austin finished with one tackle in 27 snaps. Shaun Rogers had two tackles, half a quarterback sack and a hurry in 23 snaps and Mike Patterson had three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two hurries in 23 snaps.

Running Back Situation

Thursday night's injury to Andre Brown complicates the Giants' roster situation. Whether Brown ends up on season-ending injured reserve or is eventually placed on IR and given the designation to return, a choice that can't be made until Sept. 3, the Giants have decisions to make.

Do they have enough at the position? Do they bring in a veteran like former Giant Brandon Jacobs? Players like Willis McGahee, Ryan Grant and Michael Turner are also available.

"I don't have a great response for that right now. We'll see," head coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday night. "I was impressed by Da'Rel [Scott]. Da'Rel ran the ball well tonight, he ran hard. And we know that Michael Cox is a hard runner. And we know that Ryan Torain is a hard runner. Those are the people on our roster that are not injured, so they have a job to do."

Statistical Stuff

Mark Herzlich, playing with the reserves on defense, led the Giants with eight tackles. He added an interception and a pass defensed. Should we read anything into Herzlich playing 52 snaps, the most of any defensive player, while Dan Connor played only 9? [UPDATE: 08/30/13 8:10 AM EDT -- Pat Traina tweeted this morning that Connor sustained a burner Thursday, which is why he played so few snaps.]

Curtis Painter went 8-of-11 for 94 yards, one touchdown and a quarterback rating of 128.6. David Carr went 5-for-8 for 42 yards, a passer rating of 76. Ryan Nassib went 4-for-9 for 37 yards, a passer rating of 56.2.

Charles James averged 10.0 yards on five punt returns, including a 30-yarder. Michael Cox averaged 30.0 yards on three kickoff returns with a long of 38 yards.

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"It will help get money to people who need it much faster than had we gone through a long litigation with appeals and discovery and everything else it could have gone on for eight or 10 years,’’ Mara said last night from the press box at Gillette Stadium prior to the Giants-Patriots preseason finale. "This hopefully will get some money to some people who can use some help.’’

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