After a while, your injury past becomes your injury present. That time came Saturday for Vincent Brown, as he was informed by Chargers brass that he would not be included on the final Chargers 53-man roster.
Brown is currently recovering from a calf injury suffered July 25th, the second day of training camp. 2014 was seen as a critical season for Brown, as the 2011 third-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
While talented, Brown never found consistent success on the field for San Diego. 19 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie campaign placed high expectations on the San Diego State product headed into the 2012 year. He impressed in training camp, but a broken ankle in the second game of the 2012 preseason ended his sophomore year prematurely.
Brown came back healthy in 2013 and started all 18 games for San Diego, including the two playoff games San Diego played. When Malcom Floyd went down with injury in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Brown was seen as the next man up as the top wide reciever. However, it was rookie Keenan Allen who stepped up rather than Brown.
For Brown, his release from the Chargers doesn't mean his NFL career is in jeopardy quite yet. Plenty of receivers with worse years than Brown's 2013 (41 catches, 472 yards, one touchdown) have jobs on active rosters. If he is able to return to the field soon, another team will scoop him up. How his injury factors into a possible settlement with San Diego is yet to be seen.
For the Chargers, the back-end of their wide receiver depth chart is uncertain. Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Malcom Floyd, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman all have secure roster spots. With the release of Brown and rookie seventh-rounder Tevin Reese, undrafted rookie Javontee Herndon would be the default selection if San Diego were to carry a sixth wideout.