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Texans sign running back Andre Brown

Former Giants running back joins Texans Aaron Wilson

Print This April 07, 2014, 05:17 PM EST

The Houston Texans have signed running back Andre Brown.

The former New York Giants running back replaces Ben Tate as the backup to Arian Foster after Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns in March.

Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight games before going on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery.

Brown, 27, broke his leg in each of the past two seasons.

He averaged 5.3 yards per carry during the 2012 season, but was limited to 3.5 yards per carry last season.

The 6-foot, 227-pounder rushed for 492 yards on 139 carries last season.

He gained 385 yards the previous season.

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