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The New York Giants signed safety Stevie Brown on Monday after he was released by the Houston Texans.

The Giants’ safety corps has been depleted by season-ending injuries to Bennett Jackson, Mykkele Thompson and Justin Currie. Nat Berhe underwent surgery Saturday to repair a calf injury. Two other safeties, rookie Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor, have missed time with injuries, although they played in the preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday night.

Brown, who played for the Giants from 2012-14, was released Saturday by the Texans. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder signed with Houston on May 1.

Brown originally joined the Giants as a free agent on April 3, 2012. That season, he played in 16 games with 11 starts and led the team and was tied for second in the NFL with eight interceptions. He set a franchise record with 307 interception return yards.

In 2013, Brown missed the entire season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game on Aug. 24. He was placed on injured reserve the following day and underwent surgery on Sept. 5.

Last year, Brown returned to the field to play all 16 games with eight starts. He contributed 36 tackles, a pass defensed, a sack and two special teams tackles.

Brown was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round in 2010 and played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011.

To create room on the roster, the Giants terminated the contract of linebacker Victor Butler.

Butler, a seven-year veteran, was signed to a reserve/future contact on Jan. 5. He played in each of the Giants’ first three preseason games and had two tackles.


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