- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers was tempered when coach Tom Coughlin announced that backup running back Andre Brown had broken his fibula in the fourth quarter.
"Takes an awful lot off of the win, to be honest with you," Coughlin said.
"I feel bad for Andre; he's my little brother," Bradshaw said. "It's heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie I told David, (Derrick) Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense. That's what I expect from David and I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come."
Wilson, whose locker is right next to Bradshaw's, definitely got the message.
"Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball. I'm definitely going to have to step up when my number is called and be prepared," Wilson said.
Despite his injury, Brown seemed to imply on Twitter that he believes he can return this season when he tweeted: "People the season not over yet!!!!"
Wilson has been explosive as a kickoff returner, yet he has not been used extensively on offense despite an impressive preseason. The 5-foot-9, 205-pounder is good with the ball, but his blocking skills need some polishing.
Bradshaw thinks Wilson can be ready.
"I think he can be," Bradshaw said. "Once we get him going and get him learning a little more and different things in different areas I think he'll be a great asset to our offense."
The Giants running game was key in the win over the Packers. The team had 147 yards rushing, which didn't include a 59-yard gain by Bradshaw after he muscled a short pass up the middle. Brown led the team with 64 yards on 13 carries. Both Brown and Bradshaw scored touchdowns.
"We scored on the first drive. It was a big step up for our offense," said Bradshaw, who added that the bye gave him some time to heal his foot injury and that he wasn't as bothered by pain.
With Brown down and Bradshaw dealing with the chronic foot injury, the Giants need Wilson.
"I'm going to go in and be prepared," Wilson said.
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