Tempe – Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Hollywood Brown is on the verge of returning from injured reserve.
After a week of practice in Week 11, the Browns continue to make progress after a foot injury kept him out for five games.
“He’s playing day in and day out,” said head coach of football Clive Kingsbury on Wednesday. “It was there to drive around. Hopefully we can get something out of it, limited maybe, but hopefully we can get it back out there.”
Even on the field count, something Kingsbury said could be the case for Brown if activated from injured reserve/designated on the running back list, his presence on offense could go a long way.
Despite having played in six of the 11 games so far this season, the Browns are second on the team in receiving yards (485) and touchdowns (three). He is third in receptions (43).
Only DeAndre Hopkins sits ahead of the Browns in receiving yards (487) and catches (45).
And if the Browns do in fact sue the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, it will be the first time the team’s No. 1 and No. 2 picks have taken the field together as teammates.
All it took was 12 weeks to get there.
“Just to see both of them on the field, the relationships I have with them and the building of their relationship, they’re a couple,” quarterback Kyler Murray said Wednesday. “You’ve got two guys out there who can pretty much do everything and they’re hard to stop, so I’m excited to see it.”
But while one of the Cardinals’ wide receivers is emerging up and up, the same can’t be said for Rondel Moore, who suffered a hip injury in Game 1 of the Monday Night Football team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He never returned to action after scoring only two runs. .
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to be available this week,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I think it will be at least a week.”
The Chargers game marks the fourth game Moore has had to miss in 2022 due to an injury. He was sidelined for the first three games of the season with hamstring problems.
Since entering the league last year, Moore has missed at least three games in each of the past two seasons.
Moore wasn’t the only Cardinal to come off Mexico City with an illness, as WR Greg Dortch suffered a thumb injury en route to a career-best 103 yards on nine catches.
Apparently he dodged surgery after an MRI and stays put day in and day out.
When his number was called this season, largely in place of Moore’s, Dortch gave a spark to the offense more than once.
In the four games, Dortch saw an expanding role with Moore sidelined, and the wide receiver scored 301 yards and a touchdown on 29 catches.
“I think he’s a dynamic playmaker anytime he gets the chances he presents,” Kingsbury said. “It’s just the exact points that he has to keep working on in our attack and gain the confidence of those players who come in and shoot.”
Dortch or not, Kingsbury is also expecting more pass players from a trio in Robbie Anderson, AJ Green and rookie Trey McBride.
Anderson is still not on offense five weeks into his tenure with the Cardinals following a midseason trade with the Carolina Panthers.
Green has had his moments here and there over the past two weeks, notching his first touchdown of the season in a win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10, but he’s never gone more than 50 receiving yards in nine games he’s played.
As for McBride, he has a long career ahead of him as Zach Ertz picked up a knee injury he picked up against the Rams.
“Both (Anderson and Green) will have increasing roles, no doubt about that,” Kingsbury said Wednesday. “We’ll see in Hollywood, and then Hope will do his thing. Then Trey McBride should keep coming and doing some plays for us.”