Brown (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Ravens, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Brown suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the Week 1 victory over the Colts, but he logged five tackles and an impressive interception before being forced out. With Vontaze Burfict (suspension) already out, the Bengals linebacker core could enter Thursday Night Football depleted of two starters. If Brown does not suit up, backup Hardy Nickerson will be in line for a large role against the Ravens.
Brown injured his ankle in the first half of Sunday's win against the Colts and his availability for Thursday's game against the Ravens is at risk, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Before he got hurt, Brown had five tackles and an acrobatic interception. Hardy Nickerson replaced him after the injury.
Brown is expected to take on a big role at linebacker while Vontaze Burfict serves a four-game suspension to begin the season, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Brown is already a tackles machine, tying for the NFL lead last year with 144 as a member of the Bills. The Bengals ultimately envision the two playing side-by-side, and when that happens, Brown might lose a few tackles. For those first four weeks, however, Brown should have a high volume.
Brown is signing a one-year contract with the Bengals, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. A 2014 third-round pick, Brown tied for the NFL lead with 144 tackles last season, but he didn't have a hand in any sacks or turnovers. His tackle totals have gone up each year in the league, from 109 (2014) to 120 (2015) to 139 (2016) to 144. This signing will add fuel to the fire of Vontaze Burfict trade rumors, though it's possible the Bengals envision Brown and Burfict playing alongside each other, given that the team's other linebackers are underwhelming. The 25-year-old Brown is a stat accumulator more so than a true standout talent, but he'll at least be an upgrade on Vincent Rey and Nick Vigil (ankle), a duo that combined for 1,365 defensive snaps last season. A trade involving Burfict would leave Brown and Vigil as the favorites for three-down roles, with Rey, Jordan Evans and others likely competing for snaps in the base defense. It also isn't out of the question that Cincinnati adds linebacking talent in the draft, though there now appears to be greater needs on the roster.
Brown tallied 14 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's 37-16 loss to the Patriots. The total marked his season high. The four-year veteran is now just eight tackles shy of the career-high 139 that he tallied last year as the Bills head into a Week 17 matchup with Miami.
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