Brown has made progress in his recovery from a torn ACL. In particular, Brown demonstrated balance, performed squats, and jogged at a decent pace in an Instagram post. Four months after undergoing surgery on the afflicted region, he's clearly in a good spot and could be making inroads on regular appearances during the offseason program. Once he returns to full health, he'll have a chance to break into a receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald, as John Brown's sickle-cell trait may still impact his conditioning and J.J. Nelson remains a quick, but unproven, commodity. On the other hand, the Cardinals may very well select a wide receiver early in this year's draft in order to appease the offensive mind of head coach Bruce Arians, thereby pushing Jaron Brown further down the depth chart.
The Cardinals signed Brown (knee) to a one-year extension through the 2017 season Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. Due to uncertainty at wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald to start the campaign, Brown was able to make inroads in the offense, receiving between two and six targets in each of the Cardinals' first six games. Brown's eleven receptions went for a clip of 17.0 YPC, and he even reached the end zone during a Week 2 demolition of the Buccaneers. The decision to play on an ailing knee eventually reared its head in Week 7, when he was lost for the season due to a torn ACL. After re-signing with Arizona, he'll provide insurance in the event that unrestricted free-agent wideout Michael Floyd is allowed to walk in the offseason.
Brown (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Brown tried to play through a knee injury Sunday against the Seahawks and ended up suffering a far more severe ailment in the form of a torn ACL. It's an unfortunate development that might've been avoided if the Cardinals weren't already impacted by injuries at his position, but regardless, Brown can officially be ruled out for the year. He'll turn his focus to Week 1 of next season, while the team is left with J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden behind the leading trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd (hamstring) and John Brown (leg).
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that Brown has suffered an ACL tear and will miss the rest of the season. Less than a week removed from injuring his knee versus the Jets, Brown seemingly aggravated the ailment enough Sunday to force an early end to his season. With Brown poised to land on IR in the near future and John Brown's (leg) status up in the air, Michael Floyd and JJ Nelson will be counted on to act as complements to Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson in the Cardinals' passing attack.
After an initial round of tests, Brown sustained a torn ACL in Sunday's tie with the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Brown came up lame at the end of last Monday's win against the Jets, missing practice Wednesday and Thursday before turning in a limited showing to close out the week. Although he was questionable for Sunday's contest, his services were required in Week 7 due to John Brown's (leg) absence, but he was target-less upon his departure in the second quarter. He'll undergo further evaluation to confirm the extent of the injury, after which the Cardinals will likely place the wideout on injured reserve.
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