Cardinals WR John Brown scores twice in return to field

Just two weeks ago, Cardinals coach was putting ’s roster spot on notice, saying of the oft-injured wideout, “You’re only good when you’re available.”

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Well, on Saturday night, Brown finally showed up — in a big way with .

The Cardinals receiver caught just two passes in Arizona’s 24-14 win over the Falcons, but both went for six, and both were highlight-reel worthy.

On the first of Brown’s second-quarter scores, he shook his defender at the line and used his trademark speed to break away for haul in a easy touchdown from . His second TD grab, this one from , was a stunning display of body control, as Brown, with his back to the ball, hauled in the pass and landed in bounds just inside the corner of a end zone.

Sidelined with a quadriceps injury throughout camp, still struggling with his sickle-cell issues and having missed the team’s first three preseason tests, Brown made up for a lot of lost time with his two touchdowns.

“It’s been difficult but it’s stuff I’ve handled many times in my life so I know how to handle the situation,” Brown said of his difficult training camp, per the team’s website. “It makes me more comfortable to be able to be here with my teammates.”

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On Monday, Arians aimed at his receiver corps. After watching the group stink up training camp, he regretted the praise he lavished on them in the spring.

“I must’ve been seeing things back in the spring when I said we had had 12 guys who could play in the NFL,” Arians said, via the team’s official website. “We might have two.”

Those two are future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald and fifth-year pro . The rest of the group — John Brown, J.J. Nelson, , Aaron Dobson, Jeremy Ross, Chad Williams, , etc. — has dealt with either injury or inconsistency during camp.

Arians isn’t going to sit around and watch his receiver corps continue to struggle.

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“We’ll look around, see who is available,” Arians and   said.

Aside from the injuries, Arians added that the problems for his receiver corps are simple execution errors.

“Assignments, catching the ball,” he said. “The main things the receivers have to do, they are not doing.”

The quad injury that has hampered John Brown is perhaps most disconcerting after the speedy wideout dealt with nagging issues last season. Brown, Williams and Dobson each returned to practice Larry Fitzgerald jersey Tuesday.

“It’s a concern,” Arians said of John Brown. “He’s not available. You’re only good when you’re available.”

The players say they received the message.

“Loud and clear,” Jaron Brown said.

“I’ve been cussed out plenty of times in my three years here,” Nelson added. “He’s pretty much saying it in a nice way right now but he’s still getting his message across. It’s up to us to respond.”

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