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John Brown | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 179
College: Pittsburg State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (91) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians questioned John Brown's place on the team if he is not able to overcome his sickle-cell issues.
Arians said he does not "have any choice" but to wait on Brown to fully recover, but even then the coach is not sure Brown can contribute. "If he can’t run long enough (after he returns)," Arians said, "you’ve got to replace him." The coach has never been one to mince words, but this is a particularly harsh comment considering the illness Brown is battling. Still, Arians is clearly at his wit's end with his receiver group, and it would not be surprising if changes are on the horizon. Brown is a risky pick in the ninth round. Aug 17 - 8:50 AM

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Both John Brown and coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Brown's sickle-cell trait is still an issue for Brown's health.

Brown has battled continued soft-tissue ailments, and says his sickle-cell trait slows the healing and recovery process. "That’s a fact," confirmed Arians. In such a violent sport where elite athletes are moving full speed in an open field, the ability to recover from injuries is absolutely critical for football-playing availability. Fantasy leaguers need to tread cautiously with Brown in drafts.
Aug 16 - 8:27 PM

Speaking Tuesday, John Brown (quad) made it clear he's not 100 percent and has no plans to "rush back."

Coach Bruce Arians intimated earlier in the day that Brown was ready to practice in full, but Brown isn't yet capable. "My body is different than others'," Brown said. "They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at." Brown remains more day-to-day than the week-to-week he has been for the past 2.5 weeks, but he's doubtful to play in the second preseason game. It's just another reminder how fragile and slow to recover Brown has been dating back to last year at this time. He's more of a high-ceiling, low-floor WR4.
Aug 15 - 8:10 PM

John Brown (quad) returned to "full" practice on Tuesday.

Brown's return comes one day after coach Bruce Arians admitted his absence was a concern. Brown ended up missing over two weeks of team drills. The disappointing camp comes on the heels of an offseason where Brown was declared "back" on his lost 2016. Brown is an inside-out threat who has legit chemistry with Carson Palmer, but his health has made him a risky WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 2:10 PM

Coach Bruce Arians admitted he is concerned about all of the practice time John Brown (quad) has missed in training camp.

"It's a concern," Arians said. "He's not available. You're only good when you're available." Brown went down on July 28 and hasn't participated in team drills since. He's done some individual work over the past week, but Brown continues to fight soft-tissue injuries that ruined his 2016 season. At this point, it's impossible to be excited about Brown until he proves he can stay healthy.
Aug 14 - 8:58 PM

John Brown may miss up to a week with a quad injury.

He's day to day at this point, but it's a disappointing development after Brown shined throughout the spring and on the first few days of Cardinals camp. Entering his contract year after an illness-ruined 2016, Brown has battled persistent soft-tissue injuries since entering the pros. The Cardinals need to exercise utmost caution while working Brown back into practice.
Jul 28 - 2:26 PM's Darren Urban believes contract-year WR John Brown "looks past his health concerns."

Urban called Brown "blazing when he runs around out there." It's been a good offseason for Brown. He declared himself healthy, literally lived with Carson Palmer, and bulked up to 185 pounds. That's 12 pounds of muscle he didn't have last year. Brown has the talent to erase last season and pick up on his excellent 2015.
Jul 27 - 11:24 PM

John Brown has bulked up to 185 pounds this offseason.

He's added 12 pounds of muscle since last season. Brown has clearly put an emphasis on strength training, though luckily it hasn't come at the expense of his patented speed. "I'll never lose that," he promised. ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss said the new, bulkier Brown has the look of a "game-changing receiver," which is exactly what he was before complications from his sickle-cell condition derailed his season in 2016. Currently being drafted as a WR4 in fantasy, Brown has the chance to be an immense bargain.
Jul 23 - 9:48 AM

Carson Palmer and John Brown lived together this offseason.

Palmer and Brown lived together during offseasons the past two years, as well. Palmer is optimistic doing so will help them build "chemistry." More important, of course, will be Brown's ability to stay healthy. Brown has battled hamstring problems since his rookie season and recently tweaked a hammy during OTAs. This is a contract season for 27-year-old Brown.
Jun 8 - 1:09 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said John Brown suffered a tweaked hamstring at OTAs.

Brown was having a strong offseason prior to the injury. It sounds like a low-grade strain, but the Cardinals will likely move him slowly. Brown should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 7 - 5:39 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees with Carson Palmer's assessment that John Brown has looked more explosive this offseason.

"Smoke looks like John Brown," said Arians, using Brown's nickname. "A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year. Knock on wood it stays that way." Palmer said Brown looked "stronger" and "more explosive." Slowed by a concussion in camp, Brown's 2016 was derailed by issues with his sickle-cell trait, as well as a cyst on his spine. With Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald aging, Brown is a strong bounce-back candidate.
May 18 - 5:55 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said John Brown looks "stronger" and "more explosive" following his injury-marred 2016.

Brown said he's "feeling like myself" now that doctors have found a way to control the sickle-cell issues that ruined his 2016 season. Surgeons also removed a cyst from Brown's spine that apparently sapped his energy. Being drafted as WR46 in MFL10s currently, Brown has massive upside at that draft cost.
May 16 - 8:15 PM

John Brown had a cyst removed from his spine in January.

Brown was slowed by sickle-cell issues for much of 2016, but was also bothered by the cyst, which was sapping his energy. "I was sleeping too much. I couldn’t eat right. My body just wasn’t in it," Brown said. "I couldn’t do anything, really. I was just drained out." Brown believes things are now back to normal. Excellent in 2014-15 before last year's disappointment, Brown is a major bounce-back candidate, especially with Michael Floyd no longer in the desert.
May 4 - 4:32 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes the team has solved John Brown's sickle-cell issue.

"He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," Bidwill said. "We’ll get 'Smoke' back the way we had him." Brown missed only one game in 2016, but was limited for many others. His numbers plummeted from his breakout sophomore campaign. With Michael Floyd out of the desert, Brown will have an excellent shot at rebounding to WR3 status if he can remain healthy for 2017.
Feb 14 - 7:03 PM

John Brown reeled in two-of-four targets for 25 yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

Brown cracked 1,000 yards for the first time last season but didn’t come close to matching that accomplishment in 2016. Sickle-cell issues hampered Brown all year. He caught two passes or fewer in seven of his last eight games while playing on a snap count. There’s opportunity for Brown with Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald weighing retirement, but only if his health permits. He’ll probably go undrafted in the majority of 10 and 12-team leagues next summer.
Jan 1 - 8:36 PM

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2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
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3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
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2Will Holden
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LG1Mike Iupati
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3Kaleb Johnson
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