The Cardinals hope John Brown can return to health this year after battling his issue with the sickle-cell trait all of last season, as well as having a cyst removed from his spine. While he had a good offseason, he has been slowed in training camp with a quad injury, which is also impacted by the sickle-cell trait and his inability to heal in a timely manner. Last year, while playing at less than 100 percent, Brown played 15 games but finished with just 39 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns. This was a severe drop-off from his 2015 production when he had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, and we hope he can get back to that level this year. He's someone to monitor leading up to Draft Day, and Brown is worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues. He could emerge as a quality No. 3 Fantasy receiver with No. 2 upside, but he has to stay healthy and start producing on the field. We're hoping Brown gets back on track in 2017.
Head coach Bruce Arians doesn't believe Brown (quadriceps) will be able to suit up in Week 3 against the Cowboys, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "It would have to be miraculous," Arians said Monday. If Brown logs a second DNP in a row next Monday, he'll actually miss more games than a season ago, when his sickle-cell trait was first discovered. There's no telling when he'll receive clearance to take the practice field again, but until he does, he won't be a candidate to suit up for game day. During his absence, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will augment the passing attack behind clear-cut No. 1 option Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cardinals ruled Brown (quad) out for Week 2 in Indianapolis. Brown was bothered by his quad throughout the summer and appeared to aggravate it in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Lions. He didn't practice at all this week, which isn't a good sign for his Week 3 availability. Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson should have regular spots alongside Larry Fitzgerald in three-wide sets, with Brittan Golden and rookie third-round pick Chad Williams also getting some snaps.
Brown (quadriceps) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. After visible struggles in the second half of Sunday's loss in Detroit and back-to-back DNPs to start Week 2 prep, Brown is on pace to be a weekly headache for the second year in row. On this occasion, he's tending to a quadriceps injury, which is consistent with the leg pains associated with his sickle-cell trait. He wasn't seen during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, meaning treatment is superseding his regular regimen. Although Brown's status could receive some clarity by the release of Friday's injury report, an absence Sunday at Indianapolis would place J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown into elevated positions within the passing attack.
Brown didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. The Cardinals cited Brown's quad on the injury report Wednesday, which could be the same one that hindered him throughout training camp and the preseason. At the time, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians mentioned Brown's sickle-cell trait induces longer recoveries. but It's unclear how much time Brown will require to rid himself of the issue. Brown's ability (or lack thereof) to practice Thursday and/or Friday will be telling for his Week 2 availability. If the quad injury lingers, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown would take on enhanced roles Sunday at Indianapolis.
Brown didn't appear to practice Wednesday for an undisclosed reason, but did catch some passes off to the side, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Brown made it through Week 1 without any reported injury, catching four of nine targets for 32 yards while playing 63 of Arizona's 75 offensive snaps. He may be dealing with a minor injury, but it's also possible the Cardinals are just limiting his practice workload in an effort to keep him fresh. Another update will be available Wednesday afternoon when the team releases its first injury report for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|6||10/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||26.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|9||11/05||@San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|13||12/03||Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||11||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||92||51||739||5||36||14.49||103|