The Redskins released Brown (oblique) on Wednesday, Mike Jones of USA Today reports.
Signed to a three-year, $21 million contract last offseason, Brown dropped off to 96 tackles (69 solo) and one sack in 2018, after averaging 138 and 3.25 over the previous two seasons. Health may have been part of the issue, with Brown revealing in late December that he played through a torn oblique for much of the year. The 29-year-old inside linebacker should be able to find another starting job, but there's no guarantee of a return to his elite IDP status from 2016-17.
Brown said that he played through the 2018 season with a torn oblique and "should have sat out," JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Brown finished up the year with 96 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles, a stark decrease in production compared to his last two seasons. It now appears that part of the reason for Brown's statistical regression can be attributed to playing through a torn oblique for much of 2018, which the veteran linebacker describes as having been "painful every day." Brown will benefit from a full offseason to recover from his injury and attempt to bounce back in 2019. However, amidst reports that the Redskins are considering moving on from Brown, the 29-year-old's next chance could come elsewhere in the league.
Brown's absence from the injury report raises some suspicion regarding his future with Washington. Reports surfaced early Wednesday that Brown could be on his way out, but it seems nothing is imminent at the moment. His disappearance from the injury report could indicate that the Redskins are prepping to move on. On the flip side, Shaun Dion Hamilton's (shoulder) uncertain status could be reason to keep Brown around for the short-term and thus his removal from the report. Either way, we should know soon what the future holds for Brown.
Brown (illness) said he sees "the writing on the wall" with respect to his future in Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Brown missed part of Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants with what was believed to be an illness. As Keim reports, however, it now appears that coach Jay Gruden benched Brown on Sunday instead. Washington opted to start Shaun Dion Hamilton in Brown's place, but Brown ended up in the game after Hamilton sustained a shoulder injury. Brown has 80 tackles (56 solo) and two forced fumbles over 13 games this season.
Brown didn't start Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants due to an illness, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
Brown was listed as questionable after being limited by the illness at practice, and the Redskins opted to start Shaun Dion Hamilton instead despite Brown being active. The 29-year-old had only two tackles and didn't register a stat until the second half.
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