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Cardinals think John Brown’s sickle cell issue is under control

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18:  Wide receiver John Brown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a thirty yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 48-41.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cardinals wide receiver John Brown only missed one game during the 2016 season, but he was a frequent presence on the team’s injury report.

Brown was listed with a hamstring injury, although the issue actually stemmed from a sickle cell trait in his blood that caused the leg issues. Brown was forced out of other games and saw his production dip to 39 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns, which marked the lowest output of his three-year career.

The Cardinals are optimistic that things will be better in 2017. Team president Michael Bidwill said on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 that the issue appears to be under control.

“He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue,” Bidwill said. “We’ll get Smoke back the way we had him.”

Having Brown back in form as a deep threat would be a plus for the Cardinals as they try to rebound from a disappointing season.

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7 Responses to “Cardinals think John Brown’s sickle cell issue is under control”
  1. redlikethepig says: Feb 14, 2017 2:57 PM

    We know one guy who won’t get an invite to the White House if they win the Superbowl. President Trump’s alt-doctors don’t want him catching that.

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 14, 2017 4:12 PM

    Cardinals visiting the White House? Do they have a road game against the Redskins this season?

  3. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 4:49 PM

    “Having Brown back in form as a deep threat would be a plus for the Cardinals as they try to rebound from a disappointing season.”

    Only if the OL can keep the statue upright long enough for the “deep threat” to get downfield. Palmer got pounded last year.

  4. 6250claimer says: Feb 14, 2017 5:35 PM

    Part of the reason Palmer “got pounded” last year was Brown was limited all year and as such was rarely open, and Michael Floyd didn’t even show up, and when he was thrown to, he dropped just about everything. That’s 2 of 3 starting WR’s not performing. With Smokey back at 100% and Floyd sent packing, and JJ Nelson coming on strong late last year, they’ll be much improved at the position this year. Add in beast RB David Johnson and the Cards offense will be fine in 2017.

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 5:35 PM

    Most importantly, I am glad to hear the Cardinals think John Brown’s sickle cell issue is under control.

  6. shoutin' get off my lawn says: Feb 14, 2017 8:41 PM

    With Brown healthy, the Cards have better wide receivers than Seattle. Now consider that the Cards’ RB, QB, O-line, D-line, and linebackers are better than Seattle. That’s why Seattle couldn’t beat the Cards in 2016.

  7. RegisHawk says: Feb 15, 2017 7:22 AM

    They’re certainly better at lounging on the couch when the post-season rolls around…

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