Head coach Bruce Arians said Brown (knee) is already running routes at full speed in individual drills, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "We're keeping him out of the team drills because I don't want to see him cut, but he's running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they've ever been."
Brown is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in late October, with his partial participation in OTAs suggesting he could be ready for team drills by training camp. While Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are locked in as the top two wide receivers, Jaron Brown might get a chance to push J.J. Nelson for the No. 3 job. On the other hand, Jaron Brown could find himself battling just to make the roster if he doesn't quickly return to pre-injury form, as the Cardinals have impressive depth at the back end of their wideout depth chart, where third-round rookie Chad Williams and converted running back Andre Ellington are joined by veterans Brittan Golden, Jeremy Ross and Aaron Dobson.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Brown (torn ACL) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, even suggesting that the wideout could be available for June minicamp, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Recovering from a torn ACL suffered in late October, the 27-year-old wideout is still no lock to be ready for the start of training camp, even though he's apparently making great progress. If healthy, Brown should get a chance to compete for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at a position that now includes converted running back Andre Ellington -- in addition to key holdovers Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson. The Cardinals might also add some wideout talent via the draft, though Arians suggested his team is pleased with the current group. Fitzgerald and John Brown are expected to occupy the top two spots, leaving Nelson and Jaron Brown as the best bets to earn the No. 3 role in an offense that's heavily reliant on three-wide formations.
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.
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 11 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 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).
|P3||8/26/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ DEN||9:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|