EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The New York Giants have announced that defensive back Will Peterson has a stress fracture in a vertebrae in his lower back.
The injury will sideline him for at least eight weeks and possibly the rest of the season.
Peterson was injured in the Giants' 23-10 loss to Miami on Oct. 5. He had soreness in the back, but it was not enough to keep him out of the lineup in last week's 17-6 loss at New England. When the pain persisted, he underwent an MRI, which revealed the stress fracture.
"It will heal and is already showing signs of healing," said Coach Jim Fassel. "The problem is if he keeps going, it could become a complete fracture. He's going to need rest. There's nothing else to do."
Fassel said he has not decided if Peterson will be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season.
Nickelback William Brown will start in Peterson's place Sunday, when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles.