Marlon Brown (back) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Browns, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
It doesn't seem as if the 24-year-old receiver will be able to suit against the Browns on Monday, considering Brown hasn't been able to practice this week due to a back injury. The Baltimore Ravens are desperately thin at the wide receiver position, but Brown hasn't been much of a factor this year, recording just 14 catches for 112 yards. Jeremy Butler or Kaelin Clay could see some additional targets if Brown is unable to play, but neither receiver figures to factor much into the offense with backup quarterback Matt Schaub set to lead the Ravens the rest of the season after Joe Flacco (ACL/MCL) was placed on IR.
Marlon Brown (back) did not practice Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
While the Baltimore Ravens have not issued an official designation, Brown's chances of playing Monday against Cleveland do not appear to be overly high, as he's now missed three straight practices with a back injury. The Georgia product was not targeted in last week's win over St. Louis, and he has just 14 catches for 112 yards on the season.
Marlon Brown was not targeted in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams.
Brown barely saw the field, stuck behind Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Jeremy Butler. Brown struggled with his limited opportunities earlier this season and has clearly fallen out of favor. His seven-touchdown rookie season in 2013 is a distant memory.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) out for the season, Marlon Brown is one of five healthy wide receivers on Baltimore's active roster, the team's official website reports.
Brown had seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie back in 2013, but he's been consistently underwhelming the past two seasons, showing minimal ability to gain separation from defensive backs. He has just 13 receptions for 106 yards on 29 targets this season, making him a less interesting option than Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and arguably even Jeremy Ross. Even with Steve Smith injured, Brown played fewer than half of the offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Marlon Brown caught one pass for nine yards on four targets in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the 49ers.
Brown has been inefficient with the few opportunities he's received this season, largely because he doesn't have the quickness to separate from NFL defensive backs. It's increasingly clear that his seven-touchdown rookie campaign (2013) was just a product of Joe Flacco having nobody else to throw to. Flacco's options aren't much better this year, but Kamar Aiken is clearly ahead of Brown for the No. 2 wide receiver job. Brown is also starting to lose snaps to in-season acquisitions Jeremy Ross and Chris Givens.
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