We asked him if his ankle was ready to go.
He shrugged and said, "I'm not sure. I have been running for a while now. And I've been working on my backpeddle, and that is fine. But I haven't tried any quick cuts yet. So I'll just have to see how it does."
And he shrugged again.
So, frankly, we did not expect to see him in action this week.
But we showed up Monday afternoon for the East practice and - surprise - Brown was not only soon to be on the field playing, but he went to the cornerback position! It turns out the East only has two true CB's on the team (A.J. Wallace and Raeshon McNeil), and Brown is the No. 3 CB.
After quite a few snaps at CB he moved to a safety position, where he is also the only back-up there as well, to starters Myron Rolle and the skinny Antwine Perez. He took quite a few snaps at safety as well.
At both spots he comported himself very well -- we were a bit surprised to see him able to keep up, step for step, with Percy Harvin from the corner spot. Other players told us that Brown was impressive to them.
Then we remembered -- Brown was dominant at the Michigan Nike Camp this past spring, where he ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash. However, the hitting ability Brown also showed in the spring was not in evidence, and Brown seemed to be laboring rather then 'cruising' out there.
After about a half hour of practice, Brown came out, and he was rested for the final hour-plus.
So we chatted a bit with Brown.
You're playing Corner?
(Big smile) "Yeah. Well, they're going to play me at both, corner and safety. I'm fine playing either spot."
So, how's the ankle working out?
(Shrugs) "It's okay, but I'm not 100-percent. It's a little bit of a struggle out there. I'm trying to keep up."
It looks like the East will have to keep Brown well rested during the week, and if they do Steve can be effective in spot action when the game comes this Saturday.
Brandon Graham and Brown