Projecting Wilson as Giants' workhorse 

August, 30, 2013
8/30/13
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UPDATE: According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, a "Rough, early timeframe for Giants RB Andre Brown: 4-6 weeks, per source."

If that holds true, then he should avoid the short-term IR and return to action at some point in early-to-mid October. In the meantime, David Wilson will have the opportunity to prove he can handle a heavy workload and shine ...

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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is old school, so when David Wilson fumbled the ball at a critical point of his first NFL game in Week 1 last year, he went from fantasy sleeper to fantasy comatose. The rookie didn't attempt more than a handful of rushes until Andre Brown broke his leg in late November, but with veteran Ahmad Bradshaw in the mix, Wilson didn't have more than 15 rushing attempts in any of the final four games of the season.

Since the Giants' 2012 finale, Bradshaw joined the Indianapolis Colts and Brown refractured the same leg during Thursday's exhibition finale. It's not clear exactly how long Brown will be out, but any fractured leg bone typically requires at least 4-6 weeks of recovery. That means Wilson is in position to make a statement early on as a true workhorse.