EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the second straight preseason game, a New York Giants starter has gone down with an injury.
Safety Stevie Brown fell to the turf untouched during an interception return off Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the first quarter. He immediately clutched his left knee. Unable to put any weight on his left leg, Brown needed help to get to the sideline and locker room. The team announced Brown has a knee sprain and he did not return.
"I have no more further information," Tom Coughlin said. "I feel bad for Stevie. He has been a tremendous addition to our team. The guy has another interception and then has that happen."
Brown took to Twitter late Saturday night to give his thoughts on his injury.
— Stevie Brown (@StevieBrown27) August 25, 2013
The Giants were already playing the Jets without starting safety Antrel Rolle, who is recovering from a sprained ankle. Rolle is expected to be ready for the season opener.
Jayron Hosley, the team's third-round draft choice in 2012, also left with a sprained ankle. Hosley is one of the Giants' second-string corners, along with Aaron Ross, and plays in some nickel and dime packages. He was also the team's primary punt returner in Saturday's game.
The Giants would like to be able to get to the opener against Dallas without any more injuries. In their second preseason game against the Colts, center David Baas and wide receiver Victor Cruz both suffered injuries on the opening drive. Baas suffered a left MCL injury that is being considered week to week and could potentially keep the starting center out past the opener.
Cruz suffered a bruised heel but is hopeful that he will be ready to play Dallas. The team also lost offensive lineman David Diehl last week to thumb surgery.
Brown led the Giants in interceptions last season with eight and also had 307 return yards off the picks. Brown's breakthrough season led to the Giants signing the restricted free agent to a one-year deal to return as a starter.
If Brown has to miss time, Ryan Mundy is the next man up if Rolle is healthy. He started the game against the Jets alongside Brown. Will Hill, who will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, came in against the Jets to fill in for Brown.
"Hopefully, it's not too serious," Mundy said about Brown. "I was running over to celebrate and congratulate him (on the interception) and he just stayed down, so I said stay down, stay down. It didn't look too good. He didn't pop up but I have no (further) information."
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Kieran Darcy was used in this report.