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As Cardinals Regroup, Jaron Brown Out For Year

Wide receiver tears ACL; Arians encouraged after tie against Seahawks

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The Cardinals have lost wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) for the season with an ACL tear, but fellow receiver John Brown (12) should return to practice this week.


There won't be much hitting when the Cardinals return to the practice field Wednesday. There can't be.

Not after the physical five quarters the Cardinals played Sunday night against the Seahawks, with a game in Carolina coming up this week. Coach Bruce Arians sounded generally optimistic most would be healthy by Sunday, but the first injury report of the week figures to be lengthy.

"Mentally, our football team is very, very resilient," Arians said. "It's a long journey to the end."

One player who won't be on it is wide receiver Jaron Brown, who will be placed on injured reserve after

tearing his ACL against the Seahawks, Arians said. It's a brutal blow to Brown, who has played well heading into free agency this offseason. But it's also a blow to a special teams unit – in which Brown played a crucial role – that played poorly against Seattle.

Arians believes the game against the Seahawks, despite the odd result, was a positive for a team that has played better its last three games.

"That's a really good football team that was dressed in red (Sunday) night," Arians said.

The Cardinals dominated the stat sheet against Seattle, piling up huge advantages in first downs, yards and time of possession.

"We've been playing good football," center A.Q. Shipley said. "We weren't us the first two games, three games, whatever it was. But the last three, we've really been climbing. … We're confident."

There are areas of concern. Injuries don't help – the Cardinals also won't have linebacker Alex Okafor this week, Arians said, after Okafor strained his calf – and it has affected special teams.

Special teams had done well for the Cards in their previous two wins, but the missed field goal, a blocked field goal and a blocked punt cost the Cardinals the win. The blocked punt that allowed the Seahawks to eventually tie the game in regulation, in fact, came when running back Kerwynn Williams couldn't hold off

6-foot-6 wide receiver Tanner McEvoy from deflecting the kick. Williams was filling in for Brown, who would normally play that spot.

Arians said the Cardinals may add a wide receiver to the roster. Michael Floyd is also dealing with a hamstring issue, but Arians believes Floyd will be OK and Floyd played through it in the second half and overtime.

The good news is the Cardinals should get wide receiver John Brown back after missing the game. Brown has been suffering from leg pain stemming from his sickle-cell trait, but Arians said he should be at practice Wednesday."

"We'll work him out, weightlifting, do some things aggressively (Monday) and (Tuesday) and see how he does," Arians said. "Then we'll treat him again with what protocol we've gotten."

Brown should be able to practice fully, Arians added. It's rehydrating him and getting him oxygen as recovery that will be important after practice.

EXTRA POINTS

Arians said Patrick Peterson, who was dealing with back issues, is fine. Arians also said tight end Darren Fells (ankle) would likely be limited in practice to open the week but should be OK.

Some of the top images from the Cardinals' 6-6 tie to the Seahawks



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