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Andre Brown released by Houston Texans

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Former Giants running back was expected to be No. 2 in Houston, but apparently fell out of favor.

Andre Brown
Andre Brown
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Andre Brown, who led the New York Giants in rushing last season, was released on Monday by the Houston Texans. Brown, buried on the Houston depth chart, did not play over the weekend in Houston's preseason opener.

When Brown signed with the Texans this offseason it was assumed that he would be the backup to Arian Foster. Prior to news of his release, the folks at SB Nation's Texans web site, Battle Red Blog, seemed surprised by Brown's fall.

Brown was drafted by the Giants in 2009. He has had a vagabond NFL career with the Giants, Broncos, Colts, Panthers, Redskins and Texans. Brown had only two NFL carries before breaking out with the Giants in 2012, gaining 385 yards on 73 carries. Last season, he had two 100-yard games and finished with 492 yards rushing on 139 carries, an average of 3.4 yards per carry.

Could the 27-year-old Brown end up back with the Giants? With David Wilson no longer part of the equation it's an intriguing idea. By signing Rashad Jennings in free agency and subsequently letting Brown leave the Giants made it clear they did not want to build their running game around him. A year ago, however, the Giants considered Brown a better option than a pair of their current backups, Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox. If they still believe Brown is better than Hillis, Cox and Kendall Gaskins a reunion might make sense.

Would you like to see Brown back in blue, Giants fans?