Arizona Cardinals: John Brown likely out again

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Wide receiver John Brown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals dives for the pylon while being hit by defensive end Datone Jones #95 of the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Wide receiver John Brown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals dives for the pylon while being hit by defensive end Datone Jones #95 of the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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The Arizona Cardinals receiver also missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts

We do love ourselves some John Brown.  Unfortunately for Arizona Cardinals fans, the fourth-year receiver is likely to miss yet another game this week when they host the Dallas Cowboys.

The Monday Night Football matchup will once again leave the Cardinals scrambling for help in Brown’s absence.  Last week receiver J.J. Nelson came up big for the Cardinals, catching five passes for 120-yards and a touchdown.

The team may need to rely more on Jaron Brown, Chad Williams, and Brittan Golden again.  We all know Larry Fitzgerald will get his four to six receptions.

We were warned that we could see a lot of this going forward with Brown anytime he had an injury.  His sickle cell trait makes it tougher to recover.

That doesn’t mean anyone likes it.  Coach Bruce Arians wasn’t happy with Brown in training camp when he missed time.  On Wednesday it was the same old tune.

“I have to see him run before I can get encouraged” he told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.  Understandably that sounds like a frustrated coach.

It is going to be a week to week proposition for Brown and the Cardinals it seems like.  Not sure how he will gain any consistency if he isn’t consistency playing?

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While no doubt it has to be eating at Brown as well, the fact is the Cardinals need him.  If they can’t rely on him, they may need to do something about it sooner rather than later.

Although Brown isn’t officially out yet for Monday, don’t be surprised to see him listed as out well before the game is played.  He did not practice on Wednesday.

When Brown is healthy and playing, he usually will produce.  He reminded all of us on that last month in the Cardinals preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons.  He grabbed two touchdowns that evening.

For now, while there is hope for this week, it is fading fast. All we can wish for is a speedy recovery.