Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown a healthy scratch for fourth consecutive game
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 30, 2014 | 8:37 AM
A year ago when the Ravens drafted Kansas State consensus All-American inside linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round, his speed, aggressiveness and toughness were drawing outstanding reviews from scouts.
Now, Brown was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers for the fourth consecutive game. He's yet to play in the regular season this year.
What does Brown have to do to be active on gamedays?
"I don't want to get into all that," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "Arthur Brown is doing a great job, and he's working hard. He's just not active right now. If we could activate one more guy, two more guys, he'd be active. The league had a proposal on that, didn't they? Talked about going to 48 [active players], and that would be nice.
"I really don't understand why we have so many guys who are on the roster in sweat suits on Sunday. I just don't get it. But that's the deal, so it becomes a situation this guy or that guy? And right now, it's that guy in Arthur's case."
Brown was the subject of trade rumors earlier this season and sources said the Ravens did draw telephone calls from other teams but are extremely unlikely to trade the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Brown said he was told by the Ravens that he's not on the trading block.
"Trade rumors, I didn't think too much of it," Brown said earlier this month. "I didn't know how valid it was. Somebody from the staff told me it was just a rumor and there was some interest and they would listen, but I wasn't necessarily on the trading block."
With the arrival of first-round draft pick C.J. Mosley, a standout rookie and immediate starter, Brown isn't a candidate to start at weak-side inside linebacker.
And Brown, who has worked diligently to bulk up to roughly 232 pounds -- roughly seven pounds more than his playing weight during a quiet rookie season in which he had 15 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 14 games last season -- has no special teams role.
The Ravens instead have undrafted rookie inside linebacker Zach Orr active on game days and he's been praised for his work in kick coverage, which isn't Brown's forte.
Despite the lack of a role for Brown, Harbaugh emphasized that he expects Brown to be fine.
"He's going to be fine," Harbaugh said. "He’s playing well. All you have to do is turn on the preseason tape and watch him play. But then you turn on the preseason tape of the other guys and watch them play. In Arthur’s case, it comes down to a couple little phases that we think the other guys are a little better at right now, and Arthur knows that."