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A.J. Brown is OUT vs. Jets in Week 4

We break down the Monday news that A.J. Brown won’t play against the Jets

A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after his touchdown with Ty Sambrailo #70 during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are out for Week 4 versus the Jets, per Jim Wyatt. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers and Cameron Batson should be WRs one, two and three in a good matchup against New York.

Friday update: Neither Julio Jones or A.J. Brown were at practice on Friday, per Jim Wyatt. Either could go on Sunday if their health turned around by then, but in all likelihood they are out. We will know more once the injury report comes out.

Thursday update — Brown was absent from practice again on Thursday, along with Jones. Both top WRs are dealing with injuries, though Brown’s is week-to-week. So far he’s missed two straight practices and it isn’t looking good for him to play in Week 4 vs. the Jets. Jones may just be taking practice off to rest nagging injuries, something we’ve seen in the past. Expect Jones to have some type of injury designation on Friday.

Wednesday update: A.J. Brown did not practice on Wednesday, per Jim Wyatt. Julio Jones also missed practice, so there is a chance the Titans could be without their Top 2 receivers in Week 4.

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown is dealing with a strained hamstring and is considered week-to-week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown was injured early on in Week 3 vs. the Indianapolis Colts and was unable to return. He was targeted twice before exiting due to injury. The Titans went on to win 25-16 to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Fantasy football implications

With Brown sidelined for most of Week 3 vs. the Colts, we saw a slew of wide receivers get targets. Behind Brown and Julio Jones was WR3 Chester Rogers, who caught a TD after Brown exited. He only saw two targets but could see an increased role with Brown sidelined. Many will look at second-year WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who led the Titans in receiving yards with 53 on 4 catches and a TD in the win. Geoff Swaim, who has been around for a bit, also got 4 targets and hauled in a few catches.

Overall there isn’t really anyone who can replace Brown’s athleticism and speed as a deep threat. Westbrook-Ikhine or Rogers aren’t bad waiver wire adds in deeper leagues as potential FLEX plays, but you’ll need an internal replacement for Brown as a WR1/2. If you don’t have that, maybe making a trade makes the most sense? We could also see Jones dealing with injuries soon. If that’s the case, NWI and Rogers get thrust into WR1 territory, though still lacking the upside.