Brown could be on the roster bubble for the 2018 season following a disappointing 2017 campaign, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Williams couched his commentary by saying the Chargers need to figure out a way to "take advantage of Brown's unique skill set," so it seems likely the 23-year-old linebacker will be around for at least another season. In any case, it's a surprise that Brown's return to the Chargers next season isn't considered a foregone conclusion, given that he's only one year removed from a scintillating rookie campaign in which he recorded 79 tackles and 3.5 sacks in just 12 games. However, Brown failed to adapt to new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's system in 2017, eventually falling behind Denzel Perryman, Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar in the pecking order at inside linebacker. While Brown still registered 79 tackles this season, 36 of those came in the first three weeks with Perryman sidelined due to an ankle injury. Brown will have to impress coaches in the offseason if he wants to have any hope of earning back a starting role in 2018.
Brown (abdomen) was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Brown was all over the field on Saturday for the Chargers, registering eight tackles, but seemed to suffer an abdominal injury in the process. Given his full participation Thursday, the linebacker should be ready to go Sunday against the Jets.
Brown tied for the team lead with eight tackles in Saturday's loss to the Chiefs and played 33 of 66 defensive snaps, also a team high among linebackers. The 23-year-old will have interesting IDP appeal this week with Denzel Perryman (hamstring) ruled out, assuming Brown is able to avoid setback.
Brown recorded eight tackles (seven solo) in Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Chiefs.
After three straight weeks in which Brown played more snaps on special teams then on defense, the second-year linebacker exploded onto the scene to tie with safety Adrian Phillips for the game-high in tackles. If starting inside linebacker Denzel Perryman, who left Saturday's game with a strained tendon in his hamstring, were to miss additional time, Brown would instantly become an intriguing IDP option.
Brown (ankle) wasn't on Wednesday's injury report, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Brown has been nursing this injury for more than two weeks, but it looks as if he may be fully recovered. He's been limited in the Chargers' past two games, and it remains to be seen whether he'll have a full workload Sunday against the Broncos.
|2016||San Diego Chargers||12||79||64.0||15||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||79||54.0||25||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|