Arizona Cardinals: John Brown receives unnecessary backlash for sitting out


Many fantasy owners were upset with Arizona Cardinals John Brown for sitting out against the Browns in a game where he was designated at active.

Like many of you I thoroughly enjoy playing fantasy football and is one of my many favorite things about the NFL season., but I never see the point of tweeting at players for not performing to your standards in a game that is fantasy football. John Brown was declared active for yesterday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. However, he didn’t play a single snap. Frankly, because he didn’t need to.

Brown has been nursing a hamstring injury for the past 3 weeks, and he deserved a break. In the 3 games before Cleveland, John Brown has caught 18 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown. However, his absence did not hurt the team, as Palmer was able to connect with 7 different targets. Brown’s absence has also made it possible for Michael Floyd to get involved in the offense as he finished the game with 106 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Even though the Arizona Cardinals pulled out a hard earned victory, many weren’t happy due to John Brown sitting out. Brown’s twitter mentions were full of people venting their frustrations at him for not seeing the field once in the win over the 2-6 Cleveland Browns.

However, Brown took these attacks lightly, and made sure to let them know that he does not care whether they started him, benched him, won or lost.

He also escalated the replies to a different level:

But to Brown’s credit he also made sure to make it clear that his success is not individual and credits the Arizona Cardinals for him as good as he is today:

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In the surprise of the afternoon, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians got involved on the John Brown not playing any snaps in yesterday’s win. His answer shouldn’t surprise you:

The bottom line is football players health is much more important than a game. You wouldn’t be worrying about John Brown’s status if you drafted well and depth at the wide receiver position. You shouldn’t have to worry about Brown’s status for the Sunday Night Football match up with the Seahawks since Brown will have a bye week to continue recovery. Until then you’re just going to have to adjust without him, and realize that NFL players don’t care about your fantasy team.