Brown's turf toe is the second injury for the 336-pound lineman, who missed the entire 2000 season while trying to lose weight. He gashed his thigh earlier in the season, then hurt his toe. This week Brown said the injury felt like he kicked his foot into a wall as hard as he could, then tried walking.
Also expected back to the defensive line is defensive end John Thierry, who sprained his knee two weeks ago, and has not been played since. "John is a cagey veteran, and sometimes it seems like he is put together with surgical thread," Sherman said. "He also had a good week of practice. We hope can give us 25 or 30 plays."
Both Brown and Thierry are listed as questionable on Friday's injury list. Added to the list was rookie defensive end Jamal Reynolds. He's probable with a sore knee.
Meanwhile, kick returner Allen Rossum probably will be downgraded to doubtful and not play again this weekend. Rossum hurt his knee earlier in the season and has been in and out of the lineup. In his place, wide receiver Antonio Freeman will catch punts and running back Dorsey Levens will field kickoffs, Sherman said.