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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
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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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 17 against the Rams.

He's been a limited participant at practice the last two days after being absent on Wednesday. Brown's status for Sunday's finale has never been in doubt. He had his best game of the season against the Rams in Week 4, delivering 10 catches for 144 yards. Of course that was before he was limited by his sickle-cell condition.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 04:30:00 PM

John Brown (illness) returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

Brown played 48.3 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in last week's victory over the Seahawks. He should see a similar workload in Sunday's season finale against the Rams.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 04:23:00 PM

John Brown (illness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

This has become his weekly routine. Brown should be all set for Sunday's season finale against the Rams, though he'll likely be on a snap count. He's been battling symptoms from his sickle-cell condition all year.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 07:23:00 PM

John Brown caught 1-of-2 targets for 12 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

It's been a lost season for Brown, who has battled complications from a sickle-cell trait and has therefore been a limited part of the Cardinals' game plan.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:46:00 PM

John Brown is active for Week 16 against the Seahawks.

As expected, Brown will rotate in behind Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson. The Cardinals' Week 16 inactives are QB Zac Dysert, WR Marquis Bundy, CB Marcus Cooper, DT Olsen Pierre, LT D.J. Humphries, and DLs Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 03:05:00 PM

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Brown was limited at practice all week. The 35 snaps he logged last Sunday were his most since Week 11. Even with his snap count on the rise, Brown will be no more than a WR4 this week.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:23:00 PM

John Brown (illness) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

The Cardinals have been limiting Brown's practice reps since his sickle-cell issues came up. He'll be a risk/reward WR4 for the fantasy finals.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:29:00 PM

John Brown (illness) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Brown is usually limited at practice. He'll be fine for Saturday's tilt with Seattle. Brown drew six targets in last week's loss to New Orleans, his most since Week 6. Even with Michael Floyd out of the equation, Brown won't be more than a desperation WR4 in championship week.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Trevor Knight
RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3Kerwynn Williams
4T.J. Logan
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Marquis Bundy
5Krishawn Hogan
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
5Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
3Jonathan McLaughlin
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
4Lucas Crowley
RG1Evan Boehm
2Dorian Johnson
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson