FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Giants running back Andre Brown broke his left leg against the Patriots on Thursday night.
He limped off the field after a 3-yard run late in the first half of a 28-20 loss.
Last season as the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw, Brown rushed for 385 yards, second on the team, and a team-high eight touchdowns before breaking his right leg in November.
With Bradshaw now playing for the Colts, Brown was expected to share carries with David Wilson.
The Giants used their starters for three series. Eli Manning left with a 7-0 lead after throwing a 3-yard touchdown to Hakeem Nicks with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. It was only New York's third offensive touchdown in four games. Manning went 6-of-9 for 74 yards.
Bengals 27, Colts 10: Former Bucs quarterback Josh Johnson, competing for the backup job, threw a touchdown for the host Bengals. Johnson, competing with John Skelton, played most of the first half and went 7-of-13 for 67 yards. Skelton played the second half and went 6-of-10 for 99 yards. Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who sustained a bruised knee early in camp, played one series in his preseason debut. Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck didn't play. Matt Hasselbeck got the start.
Lions 35, Bills 13: Matt Leinart went 3-for-10 for 11 yards and two interceptions over five series for the host Bills. Buffalo hasn't determined the status of its top quarterbacks. Rookie EJ Manuel, from Florida State, had left knee surgery; Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely with a concussion. The Bills also lost Doug Legursky, who is competing to start at guard. He hurt his left knee while blocking during the third quarter.
Jets 27, Eagles 20: Matt Simms, competing for the No. 3 quarterback job, led four scoring drives for the host Jets. The brother of former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms and son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms went 33-of-44 for 285 yards. The Jets rested Geno Smith; Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and Greg McElroy (knee) are hurt. New York's Daily News reported Sanchez won't be ready for Week 1.
Panthers 25, Steelers 10: Ted Ginn, battling for a roster spot, caught five passes for 149 yards and touchdowns of 87 and 35 yards for the host Panthers.
Chiefs 30, Packers 8: Vince Young, who will back up Aaron Rodgers, went 11-of-27 for 121 yards and fumbled twice (losing one) for the visiting Packers.
Vikings 24, Titans 23: The host Vikings lost backup guard Seth Olsen to a neck injury. He left the field on a stretcher during the second quarter after getting kneed in the head. He gave a thumbs-up to fans and teammates, but his status is unknown. The Titans played their starting offense for a portion of the first half. Jake Locker went 3-of-5 for 31 yards.
Patriots deny claims in Hernandez story
Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said Rolling Stone's recent article on Aaron Hernandez contained multiple factual errors.
Specifically, he denied that Hernandez, a former Gator and Patriots tight end who is charged with first-degree murder, told coach Bill Belichick he feared for his life because of contacts with unsavory characters and Belichick "told him to lay low, rent a safe house for a while."
"Bill told me, 'Absolutely not. Aaron never told me his life was in danger,' " Kraft said.
Kraft also said Belichick didn't threaten to release Hernandez.
"The stuff I know about the article is just completely factually inaccurate," Kraft said.
Daniels makes 49ers? The 49ers soon will release quarterback Seneca Wallace, putting former USF Bull B.J. Daniels in position to be the No. 3, the Sacramento Bee reported. Daniels, who was undrafted, would be behind starter Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy.
Browns: Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall draft pick in April, likely will miss the season opener because of a bruised lung.
Packers: Incumbent kicker Mason Crosby restructured his contract, lowering his guaranteed money for 2013 from $2.4 million to $800,000, Yahoo Sports reported.