Giants lose top safety to torn ACL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants safety Stevie Brown will miss the season after being diagnosed Sunday with torn left ACL.

Brown, whose eight interceptions last season tied for second in the league, was hurt while cutting during an interception return Saturday against the Jets.

The injury leaves the Giants, for now, without both of their starting safeties. Antrel Rolle remains out with a sprained ankle, but coach Tom Coughlin said, "We expect Antrel to practice this week."

Brown will be replaced by Ryan Mundy. He signed in the offseason after spending his first four seasons with the Steelers. He started only five games during the span, recording one interception.

Sanchez out for now

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is day to day with a right shoulder injury and will sit out Thursday against the Eagles. They did not disclose details of the injury, sustained on a hit Saturday against the Giants.

Coach Rex Ryan defended playing Sanchez in the fourth quarter behind a line made up of backups: "I would not have put Mark in there if it wasn't important."

And he got testy while refusing to answer if rookie Geno Smith could win the starting job after throwing three interceptions Saturday, turning his body sideways to reporters at one point: "I can say anything I want. That's the beauty of this country. I can answer it 100 (times). I can stand backwards and answer the question. I'm going sideways."

ESPN RESPONDS: A promotional trailer for PBS's Frontline documentary was the "catalyst" for ESPN's breakup with the pro­ject, ESPN president John Skipper told the network's independent ombudsman. The League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis trailer had been unveiled without Skipper's or ESPN's approval, he said. Skipper told ombudsman Robert Lipsyte the video was "sensational" and made him "quite unhappy."

Pryor in: Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for Oakland on Thursday at Seattle as his competition, Matt Flynn, rests with a sore elbow coach Dennis Allen said has bothered him throughout camp. Also, Oakland released kick returner Josh Cribbs.

Bills get two QBs: Buffalo signed quarterback Matt Leinart and got quarterback Thaddeus Lewis from Detroit for backup linebacker Chris White. Its top quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel, are out with a concussion and left knee surgery, respectively.

Cardinals: Starting left guard Jonathan Cooper, the seventh pick in April, is out indefinitely with a broken left leg. Also, kicker Dan Carpenter was released.

Lions: Ex-Bucs corner Myron Lewis was released.

Packers: Ex-Florida receiver Omarius Hines was released.

Steelers: Linebacker Jarvis Jones, the 17th pick in April, was released from a hospital a day after sustaining a chest injury.

Sunday's games: Andre Johnson, in his first extended work of the preseason, caught seven passes for 131 yards in one half of play in the host Texans' 31-23 loss to the Saints. … Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson didn't touch the ball on the only two snaps of his preseason debut, a 34-14 loss at San Francisco.

Giants lose top safety to torn ACL 08/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 1:05am]

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