John Brown | Bills WR

Date of Birth:  04/03/1990
Age:  30
Height  5'11"
Weight:   179
College:  Pittsburgh State
Drafted:  2014 | Round 3 | Pick 91
Depth Chart:  Starter

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John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (knee) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Brown did not practice all week, as he continues to deal with leg issues. The Bills might feel they can take things slow with the speedy receiver given this Sunday's matchup against a Jets team they should be able to beat.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown is officially active for Week 6.

Brown was missed in the Bills' loss to Tennessee, so it's great for Josh Allen to get him back ahead of a probable shootout against Patrick Mahomes. The veteran speedster is a good upside play in DFS lineups tonight.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 6.

Brown was able to practice fully this week, so we expect that he will be ready to go for Monday evening versus the Chiefs. Just be sure to have a backup plan in place if you want to use the big-play receiver in your fantasy lineup.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (knee) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

We expect Brown will be good for Monday evening against the Chiefs after missing Week 5 due to his knee issue, but check back Saturday for his official status on the final injury report of the week.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (knee) is officially inactive for Week 5.

This is a bit of a surprise despite Brown missing practice time during the week, but the Bills are fortunate to be deep and talented at receiver as they look to remain undefeated tonight.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 5.

Brown has been dealing with some leg issues, but we expect that he'll be fine for Tuesday night against the Titans. Just keep in mind that you might need a backup plan if you want to use Brown in your Week 5 fantasy lineup.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown is not listed on the Week 4 injury report.

Brown was a full participant in today's practice, and his calf doesn't look like it'll be an issue this Sunday against the Raiders. As usual, Brown has big-play upside in lineups for an explosive Bills offense.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (calf) was officially limited in today's practice.

Brown missed practice yesterday, but getting back on the field for Thursday's session is a good sign for his Week 4 status. We'll see if/how Brown is listed on the final injury report of the week when it's released tomorrow.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (calf) is officially questionable to return for the Bills.

It's unclear when Brown was hurt, but hopefully he's able to return soon. However, Buffalo is up big on the Rams, so they might not want to push it with Brown.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown goes over 1,000 yards on the season in SNF victory.

Coming off back-to-back games with three receptions for 26 yards, Brown re-emerged on Sunday night with seven receptions (on ten targets) for 99 yards in a huge win over the Steelers. The highlight was a 40-yard grab in the second half that Brown also drew pass interference on, and Buffalo's No. 1 wideout now owns a 71/1,007/5 line with two games to go. Saturday's matchup against the Patriots won't be easy, but Brown had 69 yards against them in the previous matchup and has the quickness to give Stephon Gilmore a bit of trouble. Consider him a low-floor FLEX for Week 16.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown lights up the Dolphins in Week 11.

Brown caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' win. The first touchdown was a 40-yarder down the right sideline, where "Smokey" broke a tackle on his way to the end zone; and the second touchdown was on a nine-yard crossing route, where Brown did a great job of catching the pass despite it being tipped before getting to him. Brown has at least four receptions and 50 yards in every game this season (one of two players, along with the Saints' Michael Thomas), and he also has this type of massive upside with quarterback Josh Allen. Next week against the Broncos is a tough matchup, but Brown is still a solid option in fantasy lineups.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (groin) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Brown was also limited in yesterday’s practice, so this bears watching leading up to Sunday. The final Week 7 injury report with official game statuses will be released tomorrow.

John Brown | Bills WR

The Bills have agreed to terms with John Brown, according to Peter Schrager.

It's a three-year, $27 million deal according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This signing, which cannot become official until the start of new league year tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, is an absolutely perfect fit for both sides. Allen has a rocket arm that should mesh well with the ability of "Smokey" to beat corners on deep routes down the field, and Brown played great with a similar big-armed quarterback (Joe Flacco) in Baltimore last season before Flacco's injury. The Bills are going to add more pieces at receiver—potentially high in the draft—but Brown might be Allen's No. 1 receiver in 2019. Because most "experts" are down on Allen's ability as a quarterback, Brown might be just a selection in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this summer, which could be a major steal for a former 1,000-yard receiver.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Brown has struggled to do much of anything with Lamar Jackson under center this season, and it would be a surprise if "Smokey" returned to Baltimore in 2019. If Brown lands in a downfield passing attack elsewhere next year, he will likely be undervalued in fantasy drafts. Now might be a good time to buy-low in dynasty leagues.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown held to one reception in Week 17 win.

It went for seven yards. Brown has been held to less than 28 yards in every game since Lamar Jackson took over as the starter, so he did well to finish the year with a 42/715/5 line while averaging 17.0 yards per reception. "Smokey" was well on his way to a monster season until Joe Flacco's hip injury, but we'll see if he can get behind the defense for Jackson at some point in the playoffs.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown caught two passes for 27 yards in Saturday night's win over the Chargers.

Brown was targeted a team-high six times, but Lamar Jackson missed a couple throws in his direction. Still, the Ravens continue to win with Jackson under center, and "Smokey" will simply have to rely on a deep ball to return fantasy value in the season finale. Baltimore takes on the Browns to close things out.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches one pass against the Buccaneers.

Brown gained nine yards on his lone reception in the Ravens' Week 15 victory. Smokey is one of the league's best big-play threats, so there's always a chance he can make one big play to deliver fantasy value, but there isn't much hope for his value right now with Lamar Jackson under-center in a run-heavy offense. This might've been the week for him to have a huge game coming off a touchdown in Week 14. Brown hasn't crossed 30 yards since Week 7.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores in Ravens' loss.

Brown caught two passes (on six targets) for 23 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs, with the score coming on a crossing route to put the Ravens up in the fourth quarter of the eventual overtime loss. The score helped deliver solid fantasy value for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, and Brown has a good matchup against the Bucs next week, but he'd only be a recommended fantasy option if Joe Flacco reassumes the starting role in Baltimore.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown did not catch a pass in Week 13.

Brown was open on a potential touchdown on a deep crossing route, but Lamar Jackson missed him with an overthrow. Smokey is not currently a recommended fantasy option and is not a must-own in redraft leagues, but he'd re-enter the FLEX conversation if Joe Flacco (right hip) gets inserted back into the starting role.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches one pass in win over the Raiders.

It was a 25-yard reception, and Brown also had another big play wiped out on a penalty. The targets (seven) were encouraging, but "Smokey" can't be trusted as anything more than a volatile FLEX option with Lamar Jackson under center. Atlanta presents an excellent matchup in Week 13, so perhaps Joe Flacco (hip) will return to help Brown take advantage of it.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches 23-yard pass in win over the Bengals.

Brown was only targeted once with Lamar Jackson under center, and it came on a broken play where he found space as the rookie rolled right and found him for a nice catch-and-run. "Smokey" also rushed once for no gain. It looks like Jackson will remain under center for Week 12 with Joe Flacco (hip) on the mend, so Brown is a risky fantasy option, especially since Robert Griffin III didn't even attempt a pass on Sunday.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown held in check as Ravens fall to the Steelers, 23-16.

Brown caught three passes for 17 yards, and he's now been held below 29 yards in three of the past four games. It was a disappointment considering "Smokey" torched the Steelers for 116 yards and a score in their first matchup, but the schedule looks very promising after the bye week, so Brown needs to remain rostered in all formats. He gets the Bengals next time out before games against the Raiders and Falcons to close out the fantasy "regular season".

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown held in check as Ravens drop to 4-4.

Brown was second on the team with seven targets, but he caught just three passes for 28 yards. The versatile deep threat couldn't bring in a couple contested catches on a day where Baltimore's offense needed someone to make a play, but he should bounce back next week against the Steelers, who he stung for 3/116/1 last month, so consider him a high-upside WR2 option. Through eight games, Brown is on pace for 62 receptions, 1,172 yards, and eight touchdowns.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown goes off in 24-23 loss to the Saints.

Brown caught all seven of his targets for 134 yards, including the would-be game-tying touchdown reception from 14 yards away before Justin Tucker unfortunately missed the PAT with 28 second remaining. Still, "Smokey" was sensational, and he nearly had another score on a 56-yard catch-and-run over the middle before being tackled short of the goal line. Brown was a great buy-low candidate (or pickup if he was somehow available) before the week, but he looks like a weekly WR2 with a soft schedule down the stretch, including next Sunday in Carolina.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches two passes in Week 6.

Brown had to contend with fellow speedster Adoree' Jackson for much of the game against the Titans, and Michael Crabtree (nine targets) and Willie Snead (ten targets) were the focus of Baltimore's passing attack. Brown caught two passes (on three targets) for 28 yards in the 21-0 victory. He had a spectacular catch for 23 yards (with Jackson in tight coverage) in the game. Next week, Brown faces a Saints team he had lines of 4/46/1 and 5/81/1 his two career games against them, but that was back in 2015 and 2016 when he was still with the Cardinals.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown gets 14 targets against the Browns.

The Browns did a good job defensively on the Ravens, and Brown was limited to four receptions for 58 yards on his 14 targets. Brown nearly had an amazing toe-tapping sideline catch late in the game, but he was just out of bounds. Also, he got open in the end zone late in the game, but Joe Flacco had to get rid of the ball and it was out of reach for Brown. The 14 targets are a major positive sign, as Brown remains Flacco's clear top target on offense. However, "Smokey" is probably more of a FLEX option in a tough matchup with the Titans next week.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown explodes for big plays in Ravens' win over the Steelers.

Brown got the action going in Baltimore's primetime Sunday night win, splitting a couple of defensive backs and getting behind the defense for a 33-yard score on a go route down the right sideline. Later in the game, Brown got deep for a 71-yard reception, and Joe Flacco targeted him throughout the night on deep passes, including another shot to the end zone that they nearly connected on. Overall, Brown had three receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for three yards. Brown is on a 16-game pace of 60/1,352/12 through the quarter-mark of the season, and his 22.5 yards per reception is simply absurd. "Smokey" is fully healthy and still has his big-time speed and acceleration, and there's no reason not to trust him in fantasy lineups next week against the Browns.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown leads Ravens in Week 3 receiving.

Brown had another productive game to start his Ravens career, catching five-of-nine targets for 86 yards. The long play of the game was Brown on a 44-yard reception on a deep ball down the right sideline, and Joe Flacco clearly trusts Brown to make plays. Brown is averaging 18.5 yards per reception through three games, and he's a strong FLEX option for a Week 4 matchup against the Steelers.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores in Week 2 loss.

Brown probably played the best of anyone on Baltimore's offense in a tough matchup with the Bengals, catching four of ten targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. The score was a 21-yarder on a  go type of route to the end zone, as Brown went up and made a nice catch at the boundary with Dre Kirkpatrick in tight coverage. Brown also had a 45-yard reception on a deep ball over the middle that he caught between three defenders. Next week against Denver is a difficult matchup, but Brown deserves at least some FLEX consideration after a hot start to the season.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores in Ravens debut.

Brown caught Joe Flacco's first touchdown of the season on a quick post rout to the back of the end zone, which Brown was pretty much wide-open on. Overall, Brown had three receptions for 44 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown and also had one carry for -1 rushing yard. Brown and the Ravens face the Bengals this Thursday night.

John Brown | Bills WR

The John Brown hype continues.

With the former Cardinals receiver healthy and making an impact this summer, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com writes "Dear Fantasy Football Owners... John Brown is tearing it up at training camp." Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talked about Brown's big game versus the Ravens in 2015, the season he had over 1,000 yards with Arizona, saying that it was an "eye-opening experience" and that Brown "ran a 7-route (a post) just as smooth and fast as I've ever seen one run." But Harbaugh says Brown has come in here and run everything, from the deep routes, to the comebacks, outs, stops, stages, drives, shallow crosses: "he's a complete receiver." Baltimore is very happy with their revamped receiving corps to this point, and there could be a few strong fantasy options in the passing game in 2018.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown "continues to be the best wide receiver in Ravens training camp," according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

A couple of weeks ago, Garrett Downing of the team's official site said that Brown was off to a great start in camp, and that's apparently continued. There has been talk of Michael Crabtree's connection with Joe Flacco, too, though. However, the big takeaway is that Brown has remained healthy, which was his issue with the Cardinals. He offers 1,000-yard upside toward the end of fantasy drafts.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown is off to a hot start in training camp.

Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com writes that Brown "has put on a show the last week of practice... connecting with Joe Flacco on several deep passes over the last few days." It's not surprising that "Smokey" is making an impact early in camp, and the key takeaway is that he's been healthy to this point—which he had trouble with during his four years with the Cardinals. Brown would probably still be in Arizona if injuries didn't derail things. If Brown remains healthy this season, he could be a great value pick at the end of fantasy drafts.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown has officially agreed to terms with the Ravens.

This was expected after it was reported that Brown was signing with Baltimore yesterday, but anything could have happened before the new league year officially began. Health has always been the knock on "Smokey", but this is an exciting fit as the number-one target in an offense that has a cannon-armed quarterback. Brown should have a ton of upside at the end of fantasy drafts this summer, especially if Baltimore doesn't spend a high draft pick on a receiver.

John Brown | Bills WR

Wide receiver John Brown is expected to sign with the Ravens, according to Adam Schefter.

It was reported earlier in the day that the Ravens were negotiating with Brown, and it appears a deal has gotten done. Of course, it cannot be official until the start of the new league year tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, but the Ravens have gotten a deep threat set to presumably replace Mike Wallace in the offense. Joe Flacco and Brown seem like they could be a good pairing, and it's possible he's the clear top target for him if the Ravens part ways with Jeremy Maclin this offseason.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown is set to become a free agent this offseason.

Brown just sent out a tweet that asked his fans "What team you think will b a good fit for me??? I wanna hear". It doesn't sound like "Smokey" Brown has much interest in re-signing in Arizona, where he spent his first four NFL season, racking up 173 receptions for 2,515 yards, and 17 touchdowns despite dealing with sickle cell trait complications and soft-muscle injuries that hurt his production. Brown has shown he has the ability to be a very good contributor in a receiving corps, and he could end up being a steal in free agency.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown doesn't catch a pass in Week 17.

Brown's regular season ends with ten games played and a 21/299/3 line, as he sets career lows in games, receptions, and yardage. Unfortunately, he's had to deal with some soft tissue injuries as of late, but hopefully he's able to find a solution and be closer to full health in 2018. "Smokey" will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's someone that should draw a good amount of interest from other teams.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores in Cardinals' win.

In Brown's return after a four-game absence because of a toe injury, he looked like his usual self on his touchdown on a post route for 15 yards. Overall, Brown had two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Christmas Eve win. He'll look to keep it going and carry some momentum in to 2018 next week against the Seahawks, but it's difficult to trust Brown in fantasy lineups.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) is active for Week 16.

After missing the last four games while dealing with a toe issue, Brown is back in the lineup for the Cardinals. While the Giants are a good matchup for Brown, it's difficult to trust him in fantasy lineups for his first game back.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) is questionable for Week 16.

Brown was limited in practice all week, but the good news is he wasn't ruled out ahead of the weekend like he was for Week 15. Brown has a shot to play against the Giants in what would be an excellent matchup, but if he does play he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups. He'd be a boost for the Cardinals offense overall, though. Expect Brown to be a game-time call.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) remains limited in practice.

Brown still has tomorrow to get up to a full participation, but it's looking like he'll miss a fifth-straight game this week. The Cardinals will release their official injury report for the game tomorrow, and it's possible Brown is ruled out ahead of the weekend again.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Despite being able to string together three-straight limited practices, the Cardinals went ahead and ruled Brown out ahead of the weekend. This will be Brown's fourth missed game in a row, and he doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) gets in another limited practice.

While it'd be good to see Brown as a full participant, he's strung together a couple of limited practices in a  row, which he wasn't able to do last week. Brown could be headed for a game-time call this week.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) was limited in practice.

Brown had one limited practice last week before being declared inactive against the Titans. Hopefully he's able to string a couple of practice sessions together here, and maybe he'll work his way to a full practice by Friday. Brown would be off the fantasy radar if he plays in Week 15.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) has been ruled out for this Sunday.

Brown was able to get back out on the practice field, leading to some optimism regarding his status, but the Cardinals ruled him out ahead of the weekend. They simply aren't going to rush Brown back with the team not really in contention for a playoff spot in the crowded NFC. Hopefully Brown makes enough progress to be ready to go in Week 15.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) was limited in practice today.

This is a positive step forward for Brown, who didn't practice all last week or the week before. He's still probably less than 50/50 to play this Sunday, but we'll see how he's listed on the injury report for the game when it's released tomorrow.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) remains out of practice.

Brown has missed two-straight games, and it appears he's likely to miss a third in a row. Hopefully Smokey is able to get out there for practice over the next couple of days.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (toe) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Brown is dealing with a toe issue that could keep him out for some time, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. This could give rookie receiver Chad Williams, who has only two reception this season, a chance to get some playing time. Brown doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters in non-dynasty leagues right now.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown gets six targets in Week 11.

Brown's six targets were second on the team, but he only caught three passes for 18 yards against the Texans. Houston was a great matchup on paper for the speedy receiver, but it obviously did not work out for anyone that inserted him into their fantasy lineup. It's extremely risky to play Brown against the Jaguars next week.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (back) is active for Week 11.

Brown was added to the injury report during the week, but he's good to go against the Texans. He's risky without Carson Palmer healthy, but perhaps Blaine Gabbert will provide a boost. It's worth noting that Houston hasn't defended deep threats well at all this season, so Brown is a high-upside FLEX option in standard leagues.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday.

After missing practice yesterday because of the back issue, Brown was able to practice today, which is a good sign. Consider him a game-time call, and the Cardinals thankfully play in the early games on Sunday, meaning you'll know Brown's status by 11:30 AM ET.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (back) did not practice today.

Brown practiced on a limited basis and it wasn't much of a concern, but being downgraded to a non-participant for today might not bode well for his status this week. The official injury report for the game will be released tomorrow, so we'll see how Brown is listed ahead of Sunday versus the Texans—a team that on paper Brown could have a lot of success against if he plays.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown gets six targets against Seattle.

Brown caught two passes for 27 yards in the Thursday night loss, as Drew Stanton struggled to connect with his receivers down the field. Without Carson Palmer in the lineup, Brown isn't a highly-recommended fantasy option—though next week against Houston could be a good matchup for him.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches 52-yard pass in Week 9 win.

It came on the first play of the game and was his only reception of the game. "Smokey" might be hurt by Carson Palmer's absence more than anyone, so he can probably stay on the waiver wire outside of deeper leagues until if/when Palmer returns. The Cardinals host the Seahawks on Thursday night.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches one pass in Week 7.

Brown was targeted four times in the game, but he had only one reception for six yards against the Rams. Now, Carson Palmer (broken arm) is out for at least several weeks if not the season, so Browns' fantasy value will probably take a bit of a hit. New starter Drew Stanton won't be afraid to take chances down the field, though.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores in Week 6 win.

Brown caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown—a 17-yard score in the third quarter. If not for the Bucs falling behind 31-0, Brown might have gotten more chances to make plays. Overall, it was a great showing, as "Smokey" stayed healthy and operated as the clear number-two receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. If he's somehow available in your league, Brown should be picked immediately as a difference-maker when healthy. He should be in lineups next week against a Rams team that he stung for 10 catches and 144 yards last October.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown scores team's only touchdown in Week 5 loss to the Eagles.

It was a 13-yarder in the second quarter where he beat Jalen Mills and snatched a nice ball from Carson Palmer. Brown finished with two catches for 26 yards and the touchdown. It was a dream spot for "Smokey" against the league's slowest cornerback group, but he had to play defensive back on a couple occasions as Palmer was forced to throw it up with pass rushers closing in. Besides the score, the good news is that Brown stayed healthy. He's worth a spot in lineups whenever he's on the field, including next week against Tampa Bay.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) is officially active for Week 5.

Brown was expected to be ready to go. Smokey is a WR2 option in a good matchup against the Eagles.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) was limited in practice today.

The Cardinals are probably just taking it easy with Brown, who has a long history of leg injuries. He didn't appear to be limited on Sunday against the 49ers.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown returns to the field in Week 4 win.

Brown caught three passes for 47 yards as the Cardinals defeated the 49ers in overtime. He was involved early and played a lot more than J.J. Nelson, which is a great sign for his fantasy prospects after missing two games with a quad injury. Jaron Brown's recent play could keep him ahead of John Brown, but John's talent makes him the better fantasy option when he's healthy. "Smokey" is a high-upside FLEX option for next week's matchup against the slow Philly cornerback group.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) will play against the 49ers.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Brown, who is officially listed as questionable for the game, will play. It's great to hear Smokey will be out there, and now we just have to hope he can stay healthy—something everyone should be hoping for with Brown unfortunately dealing with continuous leg issues over the last couple of years.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) was limited in practice today.

After missing the last two games and not practicing all last week, Brown is headed in the right direction and looks like he could be back this Sunday. If he plays it'd be hard to trust him in fantasy lineups in his first game back, but hopefully he can get out there against the 49ers.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) is out for Week 3.

The Cardinals will not have Smokey on Monday night against the Cowboys, as the receiver will miss his second straight game. Unfortunately, Brown could be out several more weeks dealing with these soft tissue issues.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) did not practice today.

Brown still has tomorrow to go, but it doesn't look like he'll be playing on Monday night against Dallas. Check back in tomorrow to see if Brown will be listed as out, doubtful, or questionable.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) did not practice today.

Brown isn't over the quad injury that forced him to miss Week 2. Fortunately, the Cardinals play on Monday night against the Cowboys, giving Brown a little extra time—but it's difficult to be optimistic about Browns' outlook.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quad) is out for Week 2.

It's really a shame that Brown can't stay healthy. He has to deal with complications from his sickle cell trait, which has led him to get injured more and take longer to heal. With Brown out for Week 2, both Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson become intriguing sleeper options this week against a Colts secondary that's without top cornerback Vontae Davis and was just lit up by the Rams last Sunday. Hopefully John Brown can heal up and be good to go for Week 3.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quadricep) did not participate in Cardinals practice today.

That makes it two straight days of no practice for Brown, which is a big concern for his status this Sunday against the Colts. If he can't practice tomorrow, he'll probably be out for Week 2.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown (quad) did not practice today.

This is not a good sign, as Brown has dealt with leg issues for a while now. He wasn't on the injury report last week, so something obviously happened; but hopefully Brown is OK and can practice tomorrow and/or Friday.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown caught four passes for 32 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Brown also rushed once for 10 yards. The Cardinals offense as a whole really struggled, but hopefully it was a one week thing and they can bounce back. Brown and the offense get a perfect opportunity to do that next week against a Colts team that just had 46 points put up against them by the Rams.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown explodes in Week 3 of the preseason.

The Cardinals receiver had two 20+ yard touchdowns—one from Carson Palmer and one from Drew Stanton—in the exhibition against Atlanta. Both touchdowns were on go routes in the end zone where Brown made a couple nice catches. His stat line was two receptions (on two targets) for 49 yards and two touchdowns. This was a needed performance for Brown, and it was good to see after he was struggling to get over his quad injury that kept him out for much of the preseason. It looks like John Brown might be back as Arizona's number two receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. He's one of the better picks in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown practiced for the Cardinals today.

The fourth-year receiver has unfortunately struggled to get healthy with his quad injury, as he apparently has issues recovering as well as most people because of his sickle cell trait. Hopefully he can stay healthy and perform throughout the rest of the preseason. John Brown is currently behind Jaron Brown for the number two receiver job for the Cardinals, but there's still time for him to get the job entering Week 1.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown was gloomy after practice, according to multiple reports.

Brown isn't 100% recovered from his quad injury, but practiced on a limited basis today. The young Cardinals receiver said he isn't at full strength and will come back fully when he's ready, adding "My body is different than others'. 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.” It's hard not to feel sorry for Brown, who dealt with sickle cell traits last year that led to leg problems, and he's now dealing with quad issues this year. Jaron Brown is currently the number two receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald for the Cardinals, but John Brown will try to work his way back and into that role.

John Brown | Bills WR

Cardinals receiver John Brown is practicing fully today.

Brown has missed most of training camp with a quad injury, but he's back. Fellow receivers Chad Williams and Aaron Dobson are also practicing fully today. Perhaps these guys got the message from head coach Bruce Arians, who yesterday was vocal about the subpar performance of the receiving group outside of Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown. Hopefully John Brown can stay healthy and on the field, as he can be a big contributor for the Cardinals—and potentially for your fantasy team.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown remains limited in training camp with a quad injury.

Head coach Bruce Arians said of Brown, who has missed most of training camp with this quad injury, "It’s a concern. He’s not available. You’re only good when you’re available." Arians is unhappy with all of his receivers outside of Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown, but John Brown isn't 100% and hasn't been able to practice fully. The soft tissue injuries are a big concern for Brown, who has dealt with them throughout his career. Previously locked into the number two receiver role, Brown is going to need to get healthy to be worth a mid-late round fantasy pick. Jaron Brown might have some sleeper appeal if John Brown doesn't get healthy soon.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown will miss at least a couple days with a quad injury.

Bruce Arians said Brown has a quad injury and could miss "maybe a week." Arians hopes to get him back for the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday. Brown injured the quad going for a deep pass in the end zone and had initially thought it was a cramp, but Arians says it's a "mild strain." Hopefully it's just a one-time thing this year and Brown can get better and stay healthy, as he's dealt with leg muscle injuries in the past.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown put on 13 pounds of muscle compared to last year

This is great because Brown battled sickle cell trait issues last season and had his worst year in three seasons. He also had a cyst on his spine and was able to workout more and put on the weight after it was removed. By all accounts, including from head coach Bruce Arians, "Smokey" looks back to normal. Despite the added weight compared to last season, Brown says he didn't lose his speed and he's been flying around throughout the offseason and the first practice of training camp. The 27-year-old is currently going outside the top 45 receivers in fantasy drafts, and he could be one of the biggest bargains if his ADP remains there come draft time.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown was on "Good Morning Football" and said that he feels good.

It sounds like Brown is 100% and over his issues from last season when he had issues with his hamstring, issues with his sickle cell trait, and a cyst in his spine. He said, "right now I’m feeling great... I’m just ready to roll now. I’m excited." Brown will look to get back to his form from his first two seasons, when he averaged over 14.5 yards per catch in both years and had over 1,000 yards in 2015. He's a good bounce back candidate.

John Brown | Bills WR

Cardinals receiver John Brown tweaked his hamstring and missed practice today.

People might get concerned because of Brown's injury and health issues last season, but it's probably just a hamstring strain. The Cardinals might be cautious with Brown, but he should certainly be good for training camp at the very latest, if he doesn't recover by the end of the offseason program.

John Brown | Bills WR

Cardinals receiver John Brown is "back to normal" and "zipping around" OTAs.

Brown dealt with health issues all season and was not close to normal, as he was low on energy and couldn't eat right—and as Brown has said, his body just wasn't right. Brown said now his confidence is "through the roof," and head coach Bruce Arians said Brown ran some routes in OTAs that he couldn't even run last season. Looking to be 100%, Brown is a good candidate to bounce back this season.

John Brown ends down season with two catches and 25 yards.

Brown finishes the year with 39 receptions for 517 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately he was dealing with issues because of complications from his sickle cell trait, so we hope he can work through that and get to 100% for the sake of his own health. Brown certainly has a chance to bounce back next season and is a recommended late round pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.

John Brown | Bills WR

Just when I thought I was out: John Brown great in Week 15.

Brown caught five-of-six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals fell to the Saints. The talented wideout was still playing limited snaps as he deals with issues related to sickle cell, but Brown made the most of his playing time on Sunday. Still, with a matchup in Seattle on Christmas Eve, Brown should stay out of fantasy lineups. Hopefully he will get things under control this offseason and be a full-time player again in 2017, especially with Michael Floyd now in New England. Those in dynasty leagues should target Smokey.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown barely plays in Week 13.

Brown is dealing with issues related to sickle cell and was held without a catch or target. It's unlikely he suddenly becomes a full-time player again this season, so Brown can be dropped.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown catches one pass before leaving with a hamstring injury in Sunday's loss.

Brown caught a 19-yard pass early, but that was it before he left in the 3rd quarter. Of course, Brown has been battling hamstring issues all season, so this could actually sideline him for the year with five weeks to go and Arizona all but out of contention. It's probably safe to drop Smokey, but his talent makes him worthy of a roster spot.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown held catch-less in Week 11.

Like the other Cardinals’ WRs besides Larry Fitzgerald, Brown is hard to trust at this point. He is someone that could turn it around, however. You can drop him, but keeping him on the end of your bench isn’t the worst idea.

John Brown | Bills WR

John Brown quiet in Week 10 against Niners.

Brown had two catches for 30 yards. He's someone that can breakout in the second half, but like Michael Floyd he has had a disappointing season thus far. Keep him out of your lineup against Minnesota this week, but keep him on your roster if you can.

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