A.J. Brown Misses Practice on Thursday
Brown was unable to suit up on Thursday despite getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, so this is a step in the wrong direction. He is currently dealing with an ankle injury, so it will be important to see if he gets back on the practice field on Friday. If he’s unable to practice – even on a limited basis – it would not bode well for his availability on Sunday vs. the Lions.
Brown missed some time with an injury earlier this season, but he’s been a monster since returning to the lineup in Week 5. He’s averaged 79.8 receiving yards per game over his past 10 contests, and he’s scored 10 total touchdowns over that time frame. Overall, he’s averaged 15.2 FanDuel points per game this season, which is the fifth-highest mark at the wide receiver position.
He would be in a fantastic spot this week vs. the Lions if he’s able to suit up. They rank 31st in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA, including just 30th against the pass. Pro Football Focus also gives him one of the biggest individual matchup edges of the week against cornerback Darryl Roberts.
If Brown is unable to go, expect Corey Davis to operate as the top wide receiver in his stead. Davis has put together the best season of his career in 2020, so he’s capable of picking up the slack if needed.