On the eve of his pre-training camp physical, Brown expressed confidence that he'll be cleared to begin practicing with other veterans on Friday.
"I'm excited about the season. I'm ready to get out there and start playing football," Brown said. "Injuries are part of the game sometimes, and unfortunately I've had a few injuries. You never expect them, but they happen. You have to get past them and look forward."
Brown had microfracture surgery last December after he suffered cartilage damage in his left knee in a week 11 games against New Orleans. The surgery involved the drilling of several holes in the area around a hole in the cartilage. The process is done to allow the cartilage to reproduce.
After getting off crutches, Brown went through a long rehabilitation period. For eight weeks he was attached to a CPA (constant passive motion) machine eight hours a day.
"I knew it would be tough, but I never doubted it," Brown said. "I felt pretty good once I got over the first few months. The first few months were tough trying to get around on the crutches. Then just trying to be a normal person again, and from there trying to be a football player."
A healthy Brown is important to a defense that was 27th against the rush in the NFL last season. Not known as a player that exudes emotion, Brown seems keyed up about the challenge.
"I feel pretty quick. I feel pretty good in the drills," Brown said. "But those are drills. I need to get into full contact to see how I feel, but I feel pretty confident."
There were still no signs of any of the seven undrafted rookies after the Browns completed day two of training camp. The Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins are the only teams in the NFL that hadn't signed a draft choice as of Wednesday evening.
"There has been great dialogue," coach Butch Davis said. "It went on all night last (Tuesday) night, and they've been doing it throughout the day. We need someone to break. We need someone to sign.
"Guys are starting to sign three or four spots ahead of our guys or three or four spots behind our guys, which narrows the window where our players feel comfortable that they're going to get a reasonably good deal. When guys are 25 picks away, it's hard for guys to say what the market will be."
Pearson had a productive offseason playing for Frankfurt of NFL Europe.
"It (the European league) was a positive experience for Kalvin and Chad," Davis said. "For Kalvin, he needed to play against some big-time competition. He had a pretty good camp a year ago where he felt be belonged."
Keep an eye on undrafted rookie Leigh Bodden, who played at Duquesne University. Bodden was a two-time consensus All-American at cornerback, finishing his career tied for second on the Division I-AA level with 28 interceptions.
"Coming from a small school, the coaches just told me to go out and dominate," Bodden said. "That's what got me here."
Bodden could be the Kalvin Pearson of this year.