Cards lose pick after Brown goes to IR

October, 16, 2013
10/16/13
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Levi Brown era officially ended in Arizona two weeks ago, but any ties lingering from his trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers were officially severed Tuesday.

The Cardinals will not receive the conditional draft pick originally included in the trade, according to an NFL source, because Brown was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Before he could take a snap with the Steelers, the left tackle suffered what is reported to be a torn triceps tendon during warmups before Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. He will miss the remainder of the season.

Brown also spent all of 2012 on injured reserve after tearing his left triceps during the preseason.

Language in trades involving players who spent the previous season on IR typically requires the player to be active for at least five games for the compensation to be awarded.

In the end, losing the conditional pick won’t hurt the Cardinals despite General Manager Steve Keim’s ambition to rebuild this team through the draft. It’s a small price to pay, however, to move on from Brown, who underperformed during the first four games this season.

Brown reportedly had trouble punching while with the Steelers, an issue that plagued him during training camp in Arizona. His tenure with the Cardinals was tumultuous and ended with Brown being blamed for the poor start by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.

The Cardinals were ready to move on from Brown, the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expected more than Brown produced, even saying last winter the left tackle was “elite.” When Brown failed to live up to those expectations, the Cardinals began looking for his replacement and on Sept. 1 signed Bradley Sowell, who’s started the last two games. Then Brown was traded on Oct. 2.

The Brown chapter has officially been closed and the Cardinals have nothing to show for it.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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