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Brown (ankle/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: Brown delivered a major Week 1 impact with physical blocking in the running game in addition to 67 receiving yards, and he's trending towards suiting up in Week 2 with this upgrade to a limited practice after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. If Brown plays, he'll likely continue to split tight end reps with Jordan Akins.
Sep 17, 2021 1:28 PM EST
Brown (shoulder/ankle) was present for practice Friday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Wilson suggests that there didn't seem to be any serious concern that the tight end might miss Sunday's game against Cleveland, and Brown's presence at practice Friday supports that notion. The Texans' final injury report of the week will reveal whether Brown heads into the weekend with any sort of injury designation.
Sep 17, 2021 10:21 AM EST
Brown (shoulder/ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Brown's back-to-back absences from practice to open Week 2 prep doesn't bode well for his early chances of gaining clearance for Sunday's game against the Browns. The Texans will formally rule on Brown's status after Friday's practice, and if he can't go, Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan would likely handle the pass-catching responsibilities at the tight end position. Houston could add a more blocking-oriented tight end to the roster if Brown is out, as neither Akins nor Jordan is particularly adept in that area.
Sep 16, 2021 1:27 PM EST
Brown missed Wednesday's practice with shoulder and ankle injuries.
Analysis: An earlier report identified an unspecified upper-body injury as the likely reason for Brown's absence on the heels of his surprising 4-67-1 receiving line on five targets and 76 percent snap in the 37-21 win over Jacksonville in Week 1. It appears he was hurt at the very end of the game, considering Brown played 11 of 17 snaps in the fourth quarter. An absence for Week 2 at Cleveland would leave more work for Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan, though the Texans also would figure to sign a blocking tight end. Brown was widely expected to focus on blocking this year, with Akins the likely replacement for third downs, two-minute drills, hurry-up offense, etc.
Sep 15, 2021 1:38 PM EST
Brown is absent from Wednesday's practice after suffering an unspecified injury during Sunday's 37-21 win over the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: It's believed to be an upper-body injury and must have happened near the end of the game. Brown was one of many surprise stars in Houston's Week 1 triumph, catching four of five targets for 67 yards on 76 percent snap share. He isn't likely to play that many snaps in games where the Texans throw the ball more often, but Brown at least appears to have forced a timeshare with receiving-focused Jordan Akins. An absence for Week 2 at Cleveland would leave more snaps for Akins and rookie Brevin Jordan, but the Texans might also sign another blocking tight end to replace Brown.
Sep 15, 2021 11:02 AM EST
Brown caught four of five targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 37-21 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Brown had a nice run to finish out the 2020 season for Houston, but he was not exepcted to a significant role in the passing game this season. He played 59 snaps (76 percent), tied Danny Amendola for second among targeted receivers, and was second in receiving yards. The Week 1 performance is a surprising development for a player considered to be a blocking tight end. Last season's primary receiving tight end, Jordan Akins, was targeted twice (zero catches) and played fewer snaps (47).
Sep 13, 2021 7:21 AM EST
Brown was named the starter at tight end for Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The Texans are expected to use all three of their tight ends, but Brown is considered the best blocker of the bunch. As the plan is to establish a ground game and rely heavily on it, Brown gets the starting nod over Jordan Akins and rookie Brevin Jordan. At 6-foot-6, the 258-pound Brown could be a helpful target in the red zone, an area the Texans would like to improve upon in 2021.
Sep 11, 2021 7:28 AM EST
Brown did not catch any of his three targets in Saturday's 23-16 loss to the Buccaneers in preseason Week 3.
Analysis: Brown ends the preseason without a catch, but that will not matter when it comes time to finalize the roster. He's the best blocker in the tight end room, and Brown could be weekly starter for a team looking to set a run identity.
Aug 29, 2021 7:57 PM EST
Brown started at tight end for Saturday's 20-14 win over Dallas in Preseason Week 2.
Analysis: Brown and Jordan Akins each made their preseason debuts Saturday and neither was targeted. Akins entered training camp atop the tight end depth chart, but Brown is considered the better blocker of the two and could be the starter for an offense that's expected to run more than it did in 2020.
Aug 22, 2021 9:39 AM EST
Brown did not play in Saturday's 26-7 win over the Packers in Preseason Week 1.
Analysis: It looked like Brown was going to start the contest after Jordan Akins (leg) was injured earlier in the week, but the decision was made to hold him out. After showing promise when promoted from the practice squad last season, Brown has been the best tight end in camp and was given a starter's treatment for the preseason opener. Akins was the presumed No. 1, but Brown was the top dog on the unofficial depth chart entering the game.
Aug 15, 2021 8:29 AM EST
Brown is listed as the top tight end on the unofficial depth chart, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Brown has impressed in practice recently and, as last year's primary tight end Jordan Akins (leg) has missed the last two days, it appeared Brown might be the starter come Saturday against the Packers.
Aug 11, 2021 4:07 PM EST
Brown is still feeling the effects of coronavirus symptoms and subsequent side effects from the vaccine after contracting the disease last month, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Brown, who entered camp on the reserve/COVID-19 list, was activated last Tuesday and is working his way back to full health. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, and he could be a force near the goal line and as a blocker. Although he's still not optimum, Brown did make a nice play in Saturday night's practice session, catching a red-zone pass from Tyrod Taylor for a touchdown.
Aug 9, 2021 6:11 PM EST
The Texans activated Brown (undisclosed) from the non-football injury list Tuesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Brown spent just under a week on the NFI list. Now healthy, Brown can make his first appearance at training camp and begin competing for reserve reps at the tight end position.
Aug 3, 2021 11:09 AM EST
Brown (undisclosed) was placed on the NFI list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Brown re-signed with Houston on a one-year, $2.2 million deal in the spring, but he's not healthy entering training camp. The 27-year-old appeared in 13 games in 2020 and caught 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
Jul 28, 2021 9:48 PM EST
Brown signed a one-year, $2.2 million deal with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old had two career catches entering the 2020 campaign, but he carved out a solid role in Houston and caught 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. Brown is a solid depth tight end but is unlikely to be much of a fantasy option with Jordan Akins and Darren Fells under contract for 2021.
Mar 16, 2021 10:10 PM EST
Brown caught five of five targets for 48 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Brown recorded season highs in targets, catches and yards, topping Houston's crowded tight end position. While Jordan Akins was considered the primary receiver among the tight ends, Brown took on a higher profile over the second half of the season and finished with career highs in targets (16), receptions (14), yards (163) and touchdowns (2). The Texans liked Brown's versatility, lining him up at fullback and split wide at times. The 26-year-old becomes a restricted free agent this offseason and could return at a relatively inexpensive rate.
Jan 4, 2021 2:57 AM EST
Brown caught his lone target for 29 yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Brown led Houston's tight ends with 27 snaps. Known primarily for his blocking skills, Brown has impressed coaches with his versatility, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. He's capable of lining up as a traditional tight end or splitting out or in the backfield at fullback. "He finds ways to make it work and to excel at it. I'm very pleased with Pharaoh. He does a really good job in both the run game and pass game. He's just a good football player," said offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. Brown has nine receptions on 11 targets for 115 yards in 12 games.
Dec 28, 2020 4:56 AM EST
Brown (ankle) was a full participant during the Texans' practice session Thursday.
Analysis: Brown popped up on the injury report with an ankle issue Wednesday, but he's quickly back to taking full repetitions as Houston prepares to host Cincinnati in Week 16. A concussion kept the Oregon product inactive Dec. 13 for a matchup against the Bears, but it doesn't appear the recent ankle injury will cost Brown any time.
Dec 24, 2020 6:06 PM EST
Brown (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: This is a new injury for Brown, and it makes his status uncertain for Week 16. He has two more sessions to upgrade to full speed to ensure he'll be in the lineup in Sunday's game against the Bengals. If Brown's unable to go, Kahale Warring should see more reps behind Jordan Akins and Darren Fells.
Dec 23, 2020 4:56 PM EST
Brown (concussion) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Brown sat out last week's loss to the Bears due to the concussion, but he appears on track for a return. Brown has accumulated seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown through 10 games, chipping as a reserve tight end and on special teams. Now healthy, expect Brown to assume his usual No. 2 role at tight end behind starter Jordan Akins for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Dec 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST
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