John Brown Injury Updates

The Ravens have reached a 1-year, $5 million deal with former Cardinals WR John Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This looks like a solid shot for Baltimore to take. Brown's heading into just his age-28 season and enjoyed a promising start to his career before lower-body injuries and his sickle-cell trait derailed the past 2 seasons. A healthy Brown could take over for free-agent Mike Wallace, who excels at getting deep. Brown even arguably brings more upside on short-range stuff. We'll see what else Baltimore adds before laying out specific fantasy football expectations. At the moment, though, Brown's fine as a WR5 with upside in early best-ball drafting.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He could miss multiple games with his turf toe. WRs Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams could see expanded roles, but none can be trusted in fantasy lineups — even with CB Jalen Ramsey expected to sit with a hand injury.

Cardinals WR John Brown has been diagnosed with turf toe, HC Bruce Arian said Monday. That's a tough injury that usually costs skill-position guys multiple weeks. Brown is droppable in redraft leagues. WR Larry Fitzgerald will continue dominating targets for Arizona, with WRs Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson getting the scraps.

Cardinals WR John Brown did not practice on Wednesday and was listed on the injury report with a quad. We haven't gotten an update from the team, but any missed time for Brown is noteworthy considering his sickle-cell issue. We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.

Cardinals WR John Brown caught both of his targets for 49 yards and 2 TDs in Saturday night's game against the Falcons. Brown caught scoring throws from Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. According to Pro Football Focus, he played just 6 snaps with Palmer before the starting QB left the game. WRs Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden each played 16+ with Palmer. It's tough to know how much that means after John Brown missed so much time with his quad injury -- and then played with the 2nd team. We'll see about his depth-chart status heading into Week 1, but he's worth a shot at current ADP. A healthy Brown might be the best WR on the Arizona roster.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) returned to practice on Monday. He's been on and off the field all summer, so we'll see how he's able to hold up now. A healthy Brown should still be Arizona's #2 WR and bring plenty of weekly upside. But his sickle-cell trait makes him 1 of the bigger injury risks at his position. Brown's ADP is sitting in the early 10th round.

Cardinals WR John Brown remains hampered by the quad injury he suffered early in training camp. He's been limited to only "certain drills," according to insider Mike Jurecki. Brown, of course, was crushed last season by leg injuries related to his sickle-cell trait. The team reportedly solved that issue, and it's unclear if this quad injury is related. Either way, the missed practice time is not ideal for a guy who could have used a healthy offseason. The good news is that Brown's downside is at least partly negated by his 9th-round price tag.

Cardinals WR John Brown has been sidelined by a quad injury. HC Bruce Arians said he'll be out "a few days, maybe a week." It's unclear if this is at all related to the sickle-cell issue that hampered Brown throughout last season, but it's obviously not a good look for him. We'll see if this lingers beyond Arians' timeline.

Cardinals WR John Brown is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. He's listed with a hamstring injury, but HC Bruce Arians revealed Friday that Brown is dealing with leg pain due to a sickle-cell trait. Doctors are "working on a solution," Arians added. We might not know whether Brown is playing until 90 minutes before the 8:30 pm ET kickoff. He was a shaky fantasy option to begin with against Richard Sherman and Co. Brown needs to be on fantasy benches.

Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) was cleared to resume practicing on Sunday. He missed nearly 3 weeks with the head injury. That's worth filing away, but it doesn't look like it'll impact the start of his 2016 campaign. Brown is a nice target at his WR3 price tag.

Cardinals WR John Brown is in the concussion protocol, HC Bruce Arians announced on Monday. It's the 1st head injury of Brown's NFL career and shouldn't threaten his Week 1 availability. We'll keep an eye on this one, but Brown isn't moving down our WR rankings.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians labeled WR John Brown (hamstring) a game-time decision for Sunday night's tilt with the Bengals.  Brown got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, putting him on track to play.  But he was invisible fighting through the injury last week, going catch-less on 3 targets.  Brown is a shaky WR3 for Week 11.  We could see WR Jaron Brown play a bigger role on Sunday night with John Brown and Michael Floyd banged up.

Cardinals WRs Michael Floyd and John Brown both missed Wednesday's practice with their hamstring injuries.  Floyd went down in the 2nd half of last week's win over the Seahawks.  Brown made it through the game but obviously wasn't at 100%, going catch-less on 3 targets.  We'll see if either guy gets on the practice field tomorrow.  WR Jaron Brown is behind them on the depth chart.

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Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstrings) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He only practiced on Friday but evidently looked and felt good enough in pregame warmups. Brown racked up 65 yards and a score while playing through the injury last week, so he’s fine to get into Week 8 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals insider Kent Somers believes WR John Brown (hamstring) could be held out of Sunday's game against the Browns.  “We’re trying to get him well instead of aggravating him,” HC Bruce Arians said after Brown was held out of practice on Wednesday.  Brown seemed just fine while posting a 4-65-1 line this past Monday night.  But he's reportedly dealing with injuries to both hamstrings, and Arizona has a Week 9 bye.  Holding Brown out this week would give him 20 days between games to heal up.  If he sits this weekend, Michael Floyd would be a strong WR2 in fantasy lineups.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd admitted Tuesday that there's no concrete timetable for his return.  "Taking it day-by-day," he added.  “I hope no games (missed), but we’ll see how I feel.”  Floyd dislocated his fingers so badly that they were reportedly protruding from his palm.  It sounds like a nasty and uncommon injury, so it's no surprise that there isn't an exact date set for Floyd's return.  For now, consider him questionable for Week 1.  WR John Brown will soak up 1st-team reps in the meantime.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has 3 dislocated fingers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  He's expected to be sidelined 3-5 weeks.  The longer end of that timeline bumps right up against the season opener.  Floyd's availability and effectiveness beyond that is a question mark considering fingers are pretty darn important to WRs.  Floyd is coming off a disappointing 44th-place PPR finish, and his role in a crowded WR corps was in question heading into 2015.  This injury won't help his cause.  Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are now locked in as Arizona's top 2 WRs until Floyd returns.  Both guys are capable of playing well enough to keep Floyd 3rd on the depth chart even when he's back to 100%.

Cardinals WR John Brown left Sunday's game after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit over the middle of the field.  He was woozy as he made his way off the field and will be tested for a concussion.  Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Brown passed his concussion test and returned to the game.

Cardinals rookie WR John Brown racked up 5 catches for 87 yards in his preseason debut on Saturday.  He actually drew the start opposite Larry Fitzgerald with Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn out with minor injuries.  Brown hauled in a 25-yarder from QB Carson Palmer on the game's opening possession and also drew a 39-yard pass interference call.  "The 5-foot-11 jitterbug seemed to be open on every play," NFL.com's Kevin Patra observed.  This follows a buzzy spring for Brown.  He's pushing Ginn for Arizona's #3 WR spot.  That job wouldn't be enough to make Brown a reliable weekly fantasy option, but it'd make him an intriguing late-round flier in best-ball drafts.

 
 
 

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