Cardinals WR John Brown had a cyst removed from his spine shortly after last season ended. This was unrelated to the sickle-cell issue we already knew about. But Brown says he was "back to normal" after having the cyst removed. “I most definitely feel confident,” Brown said of his status for 2017. “Since they found out the situation, my body has been feeling better. I am doing the usual, which I couldn’t do when I was going through this process." We'll be keeping a close eye on Brown's health throughout the summer. If the ailments are truly behind him, he has a shot to re-emerge as the 1,000-yard receiver we saw in 2015.
The Cardinals believe they've found a solution for the sickle-cell problem that hampered WR John Brown throughout the 2016 campaign. “He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue,” owner Michael Bidwill said. “We’ll get Smoke back the way we had him.” Brown missed just 1 game this past season but was limited to less than 60% of the snaps in 12 of the other 15. (He topped 60% in 14 of 15 games in 2015.) The end result was a disappointing 39-517-2 line. Brown is just a year removed from a 65-1,003-7 line and 25th-place PPR finish, though. With Michael Floyd gone, a healthy Brown would be the favorite to operate as Arizona's #2 WR in 2017. There's big bounce-back potential here.
Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. It’s uncertain how much playing time he’ll be able to handle as he continues to deal with leg issues related to a sickle-cell trait. Brown can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Redskins. He’s listed with an illness, which is a sickle-cell trait that’s causing issues with his legs. Brown put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Cardinals-Redskins doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET on Sunday, so we might not find out Brown’s status until 3 pm. He shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups.
Cardinals WR John Brown (leg) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play against the Redskins this weekend. We can't even trust Brown to make it through the game, though, so he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.