Hollywood Brown (foot) is cleared to practice and might play on ‘MNF’
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Hollywood Brown was activated off injured reserve Wednesday after being designated for return. Brown has a 21-day window to return to the active roster.
Brown has been out of action for four weeks, but he will make his way back onto the field beginning with Wednesday’s practice. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Wednesday that there is hope that Brown will be able to play in Arizona’s Monday night matchup against the 49ers in Mexico City. That game is five days away.
Hollywood Brown Injury
Brown was wounded in Week 6 when the Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks. He was attempting a diving catch on a late ball but landed awkwardly, leading to his injury. In the end, Brown’s foot fracture could be treated without surgery, therefore he was transferred to the injured reserve list. Though a six-week absence from practice was estimated as necessary for a full recovery from Brown’s injury, the bare minimum for an IR stay is just four weeks.
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The offseason addition had been a bright light for a struggling Cardinals offense before to his injury, with 43 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns in his rookie season. He was on track to shatter his own single-season record of 1,008 receiving yards set in 2021.
Fortunately, right about the time it was revealed that Brown would be out, Arizona got one of its other elite wide receivers back when DeAndre Hopkins returned from a six-game ban. Hopkins was already one of the Cardinals’ top receivers before this season, and he’s already made an impact by collecting 36 catches for 396 yards and two scores in only four games.
Despite Hopkins’s comeback, the Cardinals’ offense continues to rank towards the bottom of the league. They are now ranked 22nd in the league, 23rd in passing, and 30th in scoring. Arizona is hoping that its offensive woes will be alleviated now that both Brown and Hopkins can contribute to the squad at once.
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When Brown returns to the field, the Cardinals expect their offense to get a major boost, which they believe will help them move up from their current 4-6 record and third place in the NFC West. On Monday night in Mexico City, Arizona will play host to San Francisco.