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).
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.
Brown left Sunday's game against the Seahawks after aggravating his knee injury, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Brown was listed as questionable after managing just one limited practice during the week. He was a non-factor prior to his second-quarter exit, failing to draw a target even though John Brown (leg) was unavailable. With both Browns out of the game, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden are both getting snaps alongside Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.
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