EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants placed running back Andre Brown on injured reserve/ "designated to return" after Brown suffered a broken fibula Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Coach Tom Coughlin said the move was made in part to give Brown "great incentive" and "purpose" after the running back was extremely "frustrated" following the injury.
Coughlin, though, did say surgery is still "being discussed."
"I think it's realistic," Coughlin said of Brown returning late in the postseason if the Giants are still playing. "I think it is going to provide Andre with great incentive. We want that experience for him. He was very disappointed last night, let's put it that way.
"He has had some seasons end in this way before. I think this is a way to motivate, inspire him, give him great purpose and hopefully that will help."
Brown, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in 2009, his rookie season with the Giants, is eligible to practice after being on reserve/injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on IR, which would be about the divisional round of the playoffs.
He can return to the active roster at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on reserve, which would make him eligible for the Super Bowl.
Coughlin also said safety Kenny Phillips aggravated his right MCL knee injury that kept him out of six games before his return during the Giants' 38-10 win over Green Bay.
Phillips suffered the injury in the second half and did not return to the game. Phillips believed he could have returned if he was needed, but the Giants were ahead by a large margin at that point.
Coughlin said Phillips' knee still has to be further examined.
"I am not going to play down these things, these very painful type of injuries," Coughlin said. "But I am hoping he can play through it."
The Giants have fullback Henry Hynoski on the active roster and running back Joe Martinek on the practice squad, but they might look to add a free-agent running back.