New York Giants safety Stevie Brown tore his ACL in his left knee and is out for the season.
Brown was injured during an interception return in Saturday's 24-21 preseason overtime loss to the New York Jets. He fell untouched at the end of the return and grabbed his left knee.
"It was just something that happened," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday. "I feel badly for him. He's worked hard. He's prepared himself well and been in a position where he's made a lot of plays for us. We will definitely miss him. We continue, that's what we do."
The Giants played without starting safety Antrel Rolle, but he is expected to be healthy enough from a sprained ankle to play the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 8. The second starter is now slated to be Ryan Mundy, a veteran who was signed as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brown led the Giants with eight interceptions last season. He signed a one-year deal with the team and was expected to start.
The Giants also hope to get rookie Cooper Taylor back from injury to factor into the depth chart.
"We just have to get the people out there and get the right combination here," Coughlin said. "Ryan has played well and he certainly has proven that he can be physical and be dominant in the box."
Also, the Giants released linebacker Aaron Curry among their first wave of roster cuts. Curry was the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Others released by the Giants were: fullback Ben Guidugli; wide receivers Brandon Collins and Terrence Sinkfield; tight ends Jamie Childers and Chase Clement; offensive linemen Michael Jasper and Austin Holtz; linebackers Jake Muasau and Etienne Sabino; defensive tackle Frank Okam; and defensive backs Laron Scott, Junior Mertile and Alonzo Tweedy.