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Will the Texans regret signing injury-prone Andre Brown?


By on 4/08/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Houston Texans are utilizing free agency to the full extent this NFL offseason.  Their latest acquisition is former New York Giants running back Andre Brown, who inked a deal Monday afternoon, according to NFL.com's Marc Sessler.  Brown missed the first half of last season due to injury.

The Texans brought Brown on their squad after losing backup running back Ben Tate to the Cleveland Browns.  Needing more depth and a backup for Arian Foster, Brown brings a tattered yet somewhat explosive history to Houston. 

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Brown seems excited to join the Texans and start a new phase in his career:
Chosen in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Brown has amassed 1,065 combined (rushing and receiving) yards with 11 touchdowns in 21 games played.  The 27 year-old running back out of North Carolina State has never played a full season as a pro, as his career has been marred with multiple injuries. 

As a rookie in 2009, Brown missed the entire season after tearing his Achilles tendon.  The New York Giants released him to the Denver Broncos in 2010, where he played in three games out of 16, struggling with a toe injury and an illness.  Brown did not play in the 2011 NFL season. The Giants re-signed Brown for the 2012 NFL season where he suffered a concussion and played in just 10 games. 

Last year, Brown suffered a broken leg in preseason and was placed on the IR-DFR (Injured Reserve-Designated to Return) list.  He missed the first eight games of the 2013 season and returned to the field on November 10th.  Brown finished the year with a combined 595 yards and three touchdowns.

The Texans just took a huge gamble with signing Brown, considering the fact he has never been healthy enough to play an entire 16-game season. He has been a solid running back when he’s been well, but it's still risky.  A five-year veteran with only 21 NFL games under his belt, Brown will need to quickly get over the injury bug that has plagued his entire career.

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