New York Giants running back Andre Brown may be out for the remainder of the season with a broken fibula, although the Giants on Monday labeled him designated-to-return.
Brown sustained the injury during Sunday night's 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.
Asked why he was labeled Brown designated-to-return, which gives him the ability to come back this season if he recovers, coach Tom Coughlin said he thought it was possible Brown could return.
"I think it's realistic," Coughlin said. "I think it's going to provide Andre with great incentive and we want that experience for him. He was very disappointed last night, let's put it that way, frustrated. He's had some seasons end in this way before and I think this is a way to, perhaps, motivate, inspire him, give him great purpose and hopefully that will help."
Coughlin said it has not yet been determined whether Brown will need surgery.
Brown has a team-best eight rushing touchdowns and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Starter Ahmad Bradshaw and Brown have been splitting carries in recent weeks.
Rookie David Wilson is expected to fill Brown's void in the offense but the Giants also worked out other running backs last week, including Joseph Addai, Kregg Lumpkin, Mewelde Moore and Ryan Torain. Former Green Bay Packer Ryan Grant is also an option. He played for the Giants until his trade to Green Bay in 2007.
Bradshaw has been slowed by a foot injury for much of the season.