Pivotal calls help ailing Cardinals save season
DEC 7, 9:48p ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 11:58a ET
News: Brown's fractured scapula isn't as severe as initially believed, and the Cardinals are hopeful that he'll be on the field for OTAs in May and June, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Brown sustained the injury during Saturday's wild-card defeat at the hands of Carolina, but surgery won't be required to heal his shoulder. Depending on how the offseason proceeds -- free agency, the draft, etc. -- he'll enter spring workouts as Arizona's fourth wideout, at best, behind Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and John Brown. Consequently, he isn't a candidate to reproduce his 2014 output (22 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns) during his third NFL campaign.
Rotowire: Jan 4 / 9:13a ET
News: Brown sustained a fractured scapula during Saturday's wild-card loss at Carolina and will require 4-to-6 months to recover, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Sparsely used in his second year in the league, Brown built upon an 11-catch rookie campaign, snagging 22 balls on 32 targets for 229 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He racked up the majority of his output from Weeks 9 through 14 with 18 receptions for 201 yards and the pair of scores, when the Cardinals had competent quarterback play from Carson Palmer (knee) and Drew Stanton (knee). After Stanton was knocked out in Week 15, though, Brown was targeted only three times across three-plus games by Ryan Lindley, including once before suffering a broken shoulder blade Saturday. Brown's time line for a recovery could result in a return during OTAs in May and June, but expect him to be present for the kickoff of training camp in July.