Brandon Browner unlikely to play


New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is eligible to return from his four-game suspension, and while the Patriots don’t need help at cornerback, getting Browner into the fold would give them a boost, period. The Pats are clearly hurting, and any help would be welcome. Plus, Alfonzo Dennard is expected to miss a fourth straight game with a shoulder injury, proving further just how injury-prone he is.

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  • Per a source close to ESPN’s Field Yates, Browner is unlikely to play in tomorrow night’s big game against the Cincinnati Bengals even though he is eligible to return, but we aren’t quite sure why the Patriots are reluctant to play him. The explanation that makes the most logical sense is that the Patriots don’t believe he’s in playing shape yet and would like him to practice a bit more before returning.

    I’m sure many Patriots fans are upset with the fact that Browner is expected to be held out, because he’s a big name, they invested plenty of money in him this offseason, and he would help a team that is clearly underperforming. The Patriots will roll with Darrelle Revis, Kyle Arrington, and Logan Ryan as a solid cornerback trio if Dennard and Browner and indeed unable to play.

    Last season, Browner recorded ten passes defended in eight appearances for the Seattle Seahawks.