2020 UDFA: Buffalo Bills CB Ike Brown injury analysis

Will Brown’s collarbone fracture pose problems in 2020?

New Bills CB Ike Brown found a home with Buffalo shortly after the draft as he attempts to find a role at the next level. Coming out of FIU, he was able to appear in 41 games out of a possible 51 over his career accumulating 108 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 29 passes defended and 1 fumble recovery. 

Brown did suffer some injuries during his time as a Panther which are listed below. 

2016

Appeared in 11 of 12 games. There isn’t any record of injury during his freshman year, he missed the season opener against Indiana and then proceeded to appear in every game after that.

2017

Appeared in 5 games before suffering a left collarbone fracture as the result of a hard fallresult of a hard fall after getting tangled up with an opposing wide receiver. He missed the remaining 8 games of the season as he rehabilitated for the next 4 months. 

2018

Appeared in 13 games with 2 starts. Records indicate that he did not suffer any injuries and able to fully return following his left shoulder injury from the previous season.

2019

Appeared in 12 games, missed the Middle Tennessee game with no specifics on why he did not play. 

Bills Injury Impact

Overall, Brown has little concern injury-wise going into 2020. The broken left clavicle in 2018 isn’t a concern as the risk to re-fracture the bone is very slight. Literature indicates that re-fracture rates are under 10% and typically occur shortly after returning to activity, which is not the case with Brown, having been nearly 3 years removed from the injury.

Brown has a deep cornerback room to overcome, but in a truncated offseason, there is always a chance for any player to make the roster with strong play, injuries, and some luck. He may be simply a camp body, but the Bills have taken UDFA’s and turn them into effective players on the 53 man roster.