But Brown injured his left knee during the summer, was sidelined the entire preseason and missed the first two games of the season.
Now, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore is back at practice. Brown has practiced all week and is expected to be on the travel squad when the Cardinals head to Lexington this weekend for a game against rival Kentucky.
"It's a day-to-day situation," U of L defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said. "We still have to see how he feels, he's out of shape right now.
"It's just a day-to-day situation and we have to see how he feels."
Bedford said U of L head coach Charlie Strong would make the call later this week on the status of Brown for the game.
Brown had a partially torn ACL, an injury he suffered in a summer work out.
As a true freshman last season, Brown started sixth games, was fifth on the team in tackles and was named a first-team Freshman All-American by FoxSportsNEXT.com.
The graduate of Miami Norland High School played in 11 games and has 56 tackles, including 21 unassisted tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Brown had 13 tackles against Cincinnati.
Brown was injured on the opening kickoff against Kentucky and missed the next two weeks. He had his break out game against Southern Miss with nine tackles, while also recording 12 tackles against Pittsburgh.