When Chargers QB Philip Rivers raved about second-year WR Vincent Brown’s strong offseason, he wasn’t simply blowing smoke. In the team’s first two preseason games, Brown had standout performances. He had four catches for 81 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay and two catches for 31 yards and a score against Dallas.
Unfortunately, on his touchdown catch against the Cowboys, Brown suffered a broken ankle, handing the Chargers’ receiving corps a blow.
The way we hear it, the Chargers still expect Brown to return for the second half of the regular season, which would give them a boost down the stretch. Brown's return from the injury is contingent on the ligament damage, and after he underwent surgery last Sunday, everything pointed to the receiver missing eight weeks, with only minor ligament damage discovered.
Veteran additions Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish made Brown somewhat of a forgotten man in the Chargers’ receiving corps after he caught 19-329-2 as a rookie, but his play this summer served as a reminder that Brown will be a weapon in San Diego. Rivers and the rest of the offense certainly will welcome Brown’s return at midseason. In the meantime, the Chargers got some good news on the injury front when Royal, who had a very strong spring, returned to practice last week after missing all of training camp with a groin injury, and he should be the team's top slot receiver when the season begins.
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