A.J. Brown’s status for Monday Night Football is suddenly uncertain

A.J. Brown #11, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Tennessee Titans‘march through 2021 carries on, and seemingly, as it often is, any good news is somehow followed by something we’d rather not hear. A few days ago, it looked like, for the first time this season, Tennessee’s offense would have both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones healthy and in the lineup. As we move through another Sunday, that’s now in question.

According to several sources, including ESPN’s Tarron Davenport, one-half of the Titans’ star duo might be on the shelf.

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Keep your fingers crossed as it appears that A.J. Brown is now dealing with some sort of ‘illness’. He’s now listed as questionable for Monday Night Football’s game versus the Buffalo Bills.

So far, there’s no change to Julio’s status, but regardless of how this one plays out, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Titans’ addition of the future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee hasn’t produced the type of fruit that Tennessee was hoping it would.

Theoretically, having both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones was supposed to ensure that Tennessee would field one of the best one-two punches in the entire National Football League. Once things got going, however, with both on the field, they combined for seven receptions, 78 yards, and a touchdown in Week 1. It only got more frustrating from there.

Julio had a mini-coming-out party in Week 2 while A.J. had a case of the drops. A.J. got hurt in Week 3 versus the rival Indianapolis Colts (Julio had three catches for 47 yards in that one). Both sat out of Week 4’s heartbreaking loss to the New York Jets.

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A.J. Brown returned in Week 5 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars but was only able to manage three catches for 38 yards. Here we are, heading into one of the more difficult challenges of the 2021 season, one that stacks the Titans versus the Buffalo Bills, and again, the narrative is a familiar one.

It’s possible that Tennessee won’t have a fully healthy A.J. Brown and Julio Jones on the field at the same time. Perhaps someone can hit a reset button? It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Keep your fingers crossed. It may not seem like it, but we’re a long way from primetime on Monday night.