Thursday update: Brown will return to the field on Thursday Night Football tonight.
A.J. Brown (knee) is expected to play tonight vs. 49ers, per sources. Tennessee gets big boost.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 23, 2021
Tuesday update: Titans coach Mike Vrabel told the media Brown will be part of the team’s Tuesday walkthrough today, and team will try to get him more work before Thursday, per Jim Wyatt. They have not yet determined his status for Thursday.
The Tennessee Titans designated wide receiver A.J. Brown to return from injured reserve on Monday. The Titans now have a 21-day window to officially active the 24-year-old receiver and get him back on the field.
Fantasy football implications
The Titans would love to get Brown back sooner than later, especially with Julio Jones leaving Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury. The former Ole Miss standout has been on injured reserve since Nov. 27 due to a chest injury.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver last played in Week 11 against the Houston Texans, where he had five receptions (nine targets) for 48 yards. This season, Brown has 46 receptions (78 targets) for 615 yards and three touchdowns.
If Brown does not play this week and Jones cannot go, then the Titans would be left with Chester Rogers and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine as their top-two wide receivers. Westbrook-Ikhine was the team’s leading receiver with four receptions (seven targets) for 32 yards.