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Titans’ A.J. Brown ruled out for Week 3 vs. Vikings

A.J. Brown, Titans

The Tennessee Titans will be without their top receiver for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Titans have ruled out A.J. Brown with a knee injury.

Brown also missed last Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has said he wants to take his time to ensure he can get back to full health (via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk):

Brown called it “frustrating” to watch from the sideline, but that he’s going to take his time to make sure that he doesn’t return until he’s sure his knee is ready.

“Every day is better and better, I can say that,” Brown said, via Erik Bacharach of the Tennessean. “But as of right now, I got to take it slow. I’m doing everything I can to be back out there with the team. When that day comes, you know I’ll be ready.”

The former Ole Miss standout emerged as Tennessee’s most dangerous weapon in the passing game last season.

Brown finished the 2019 campaign with 52 receptions for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had three rushes, one of which went for a touchdown.

The Titans figured to let Brown loose in 2020 with Ryan Tannehill back under center, but the bruised knee has put a damper on Brown’s season thus far.

Brown was targeted eight times in a Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos, but he hauled in just five of those targets for just 39 yards. This was hardly the kind of explosive numbers for a guy who averaged 20.2 yards per reception last season.

Tennessee will play the long game with Brown and hope Tannehill can resort to other options as it looks to improve to 3-0 against Minnesota.