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Buffalo Bills WR John Brown officially designated to return from IR

The return of Smoke!

The Buffalo Bills’ offense will likely see the return of John Brown soon. An ankle injury led to Brown’s placement on injured reserve November 28, the day before the Bills took on the Los Angeles Chargers. By 2020 injured reserve rules, a player must be out for a minimum of three games. The Sunday Night Football victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers marked game number three and Buffalo didn’t waste much time declaring that Brown will return.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we should expect Smoke to play this Saturday against the Denver Broncos however. This designation does not put Brown back on the active roster, merely indicating their plan to do so soon. The news means Buffalo has 21 days from Tuesday to fully elevate Brown.

It’s been a tumultuous season for Brown. In addition to the three games missed due to this ankle injury, he missed time earlier in the year. A knee injury kept him out of the lineup against the Tennessee Titans and the second New York Jets contest. It might be best for everyone’s sake to make sure Brown is fully healthy before returning to the field.