John Brown Injury Updates

Adam Caplan reports that the Raiders have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR John Brown, worth up to $5.5 million. The Bills released the 30-year-old (31 in April) earlier this offseason in a cost-cutting move. Brown averaged a nice 14.5 yards per catch on 4.4 receptions per game over 2 years in Buffalo. Brown saw his numbers limited last year by knee and ankle injuries plus Stefon Diggs' hostile takeover of targets. With the Raiders, Brown carries upside at least into WR3 range for fantasy, which is where Nelson Agholor ranked in his rebound 2020 season (33rd in PPR points).

The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to release WR John Brown this offseason. It'd save the team $7.2 million against the 2021 cap. Brown turns 31 in April and missed 7 games this past season with calf, knee and ankle injuries. Buffalo has a ready-made replacement in WR Gabriel Davis, who was impressive on his way to a 35-599-7 line as a rookie. Highlight Davis as a sleeper in 2021 fantasy drafts.

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Bills WR John Brown (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. It’s unclear how much he’ll play coming off the ankle injury in a game that Buffalo might not be going all out to win.

Bills WR John Brown has been activated from the COVID list. He still hasn't played since a Week 10 ankle injury. We'll see if Buffalo brings him back for Sunday's regular-season finale vs. Miami.

Bills WR Stefon Diggs was knocked out of Saturday's game against the Broncos in the 4th quarter with a foot injury. We'll update his status as soon as we know more. Diggs had a huge game before exiting, catching 11 of 13 targets for 147 yards. If he misses time, it'd mean more targets for WRs Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis and John Brown, who seems set to return from his ankle injury next week.

Update: Per NFL Network's Kim Jones, Diggs was back on the sideline late in the game, "smiling and talking with teammates." That suggests that he avoided a serious injury.

Bills WR John Brown was knocked out by a right ankle injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. We'll look for an update on the severity tomorrow and monitor his status this coming week.

Bills WR John Brown (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. It looks like he’ll be back in his usual role, but consider him just a WR4 against a tough Patriots secondary.

Bills WR John Brown (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Titans. Between Brown's lengthy injury history and the late kickoff, we'd try not to use him in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

Bills WR John Brown (calf) isn’t listed on the final injury report after returning to a full practice on Friday. It looks like he’s safe to get into fantasy lineups for this weekend’s plus matchup vs. the Raiders.

Bills WR John Brown suffered a calf injury in Sunday's win over the Rams. He finished catch-less on 2 targets. We'll look for an update on the injury tomorrow.

Bills WR John Brown (foot) isn’t listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He was limited on Thursday with some foot soreness but was back to a full-go on Friday. Brown might be busy this weekend with Rams CB Jalen Ramsey expected to shadow WR Stefon Diggs.

Bills WR John Brown missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, according to Bills reporter Sal Capaccio. That comes after Brown played 93% of the snaps in the win over the Jets. We'll track his status throughout the week, with a Sunday trip to Miami looming.

Bills WR John Brown (groin) isn’t listed on the final Week 7 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. Fire up Brown as a WR2 with upside in a great spot at home for Miami.

Bills WR John Brown was limited in Wednesday's practice with a groin issue. It's a bit concerning considering Buffalo is coming off a bye -- plus Brown's lengthy injury history. Check back tomorrow for an update on his status

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.


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