The timing of Brown's injury was unfortunate given his relatively short tenure in the league but it allows defensive coordinator Bill Davis ample time to develop schemes and formations to best utilize Arizona's healthy weapons on defense. Haggans was already penciled in as the opening-day starter but there was a chance Brown would assume the starting duties at some point this season. Furthermore, utilizing Brown as a pass-rushing specialist would have been a valuable proposition in Davis' first year as defensive coordinator.
In addition to the other linebackers on the roster, the defensive line could also help make up for Brown's absence. That scenario looks very possible given the Cardinals' performance in last week's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. Arizona's first-team defense racked up four sacks in the initial quarter of play with three of those sacks coming from the trenches. Darnell Dockett, Bryan Robinson and Calais Campbell each recorded one sack while LB Karlos Dansby notched the other.
Brown will certainly be missed during the 2009 campaign but the injury could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Brown will have an entire season to learn the Cardinals' defensive schemes and will avoid the pressure of being a first-year player in the league. Furthermore, it provides Brown with a chance to focus on developing his off-field performance in order to help avoid problems in the future.
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