Brown Being Counted On At Defensive End

Coming off microfracture surgery, the Browns are optimistic with the recovery of defensive end Courtney Brown. Getting Brown healthy and on the field is the priority, but there may be an option to be explored down the road with Brown.

Could Courtney Brown help fill the void left by Jamir Miller if the free-agent linebacker decides not to return to the Cleveland Browns?
 
While Butch Davis said he would prefer a healthy Brown to live up to his potential as a defensive end, he did not rule out the possibility of using him as a linebacker in some situations.
 
"There are some skills that he has that would give him a chance to do some of the things (Miller did), but there are also a certain set of skills that would be extraordinarily foreign to Courtney," said Davis. "To stand up as a two-point player and expect him to be a major threat covering guys out of the backfield would be (difficult for Brown). The rush part, certainly he would have some of the attributes."
 
Brown has been plagued by injuries in his first three years. He finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury that required offseason microfracture surgery.
 
"We are optimistic judging by things that have progressed the last couple of months with his rehabilitation," said Davis. "We might experiment and take a look at (Brown at linebacker). There is nothing etched in stone that says he couldn't do it. It hasn't been something we've taken a look at.
 
"I am still of the opinion that a healthy Courtney Brown could be an absolutely dynamite defensive player just as a defensive end. Him standing up is something conceivable we could look at."

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