- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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DETROIT -- New York Giants running back Andre Brown left Sunday's 23-20 victory against the Detroit Lions after suffering a concussion in overtime. It was the play on which Brown fumbled away the ball. Brown seemed fine getting dressed and leaving the locker room with his teammates, and shortly thereafter he was on Twitter saying he was all right and going through the occasional corny-joke routine he does on there. ("What does a policeman say to his belly button? You're under a vest!) But obviously, Brown will have to pass the league-mandated concussion protocol before he can be cleared to practice or play in next Sunday's season finale against the Redskins.
If he can't, it's possible that rookie Michael Cox would be the only healthy tailback on the Giants' roster. David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs are on injured reserve, and Peyton Hillis missed this game with a concussion. Hard to imagine the Giants going out and signing a running back for the final game of a long-lost season, but it's possible they'd have to. They also have a running back, Kendall Gaskins, on their practice squad.
In other injury news Sunday:
Tight end Adrien Robinson, active for the first time all season, sprained his knee on the opening kickoff and did not return to the game. Can't make this stuff up. Robinson was on crutches after the game and said he'll have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Lost season for him.
David Diehl, who's been starting at right guard since September due to Chris Snee's season-ending injury, was inactive for the game due to a knee injury. Brandon Mosley, who replaced him, broke his hand on the opening drive and did not return to the game. Dallas Reynolds replaced him and earned praise from coach Tom Coughlin for his effort. The Lions' defensive line had a field day against the Giants' banged-up offensive line in the second half, but the line held up well enough in the first half to build a 13-3 lead, which obviously mattered.
Defensive end Justin Tuck had an ice pack on his right knee after the game. He also appeared to injure his neck in the third quarter, but he didn't miss any time as a result of that injury.
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