Brown suffered a potentially season-ending injury in Arizona’s 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown, who told reporters Sunday that X-rays on his foot were negative, was undergoing additional tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury, the sources said.
Brown, who was acquired by the Cardinals from the Baltimore Ravens during this year’s NFL draft, has 43 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns in six games this season.
The Cardinals said in a statement that they acquired Anderson for undisclosed draft compensation. Sources told Schefter the Panthers will receive a sixth-round pick in 2024 and a seventh-round pick in 2025.
The trade comes a day after Anderson was ejected from a game by Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks following sideline arguments with his position coach.
“No one is bigger than the team,” Wilks said Sunday after a 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in his first game since filling in for Matt Rhule, who was fired last Monday. “I’m not going to focus and pay a lot of attention to one individual.”
Anderson got into a shouting match with Panthers receivers coach Joe Dailey late in the first half and opened the second half on a stationary bike wearing a baseball cap. Late in the third quarter, Anderson sat by himself on a cooler while the rest of the offense talked strategy on the sideline.
Then, later in the third quarter with the Panthers trailing 17-10 and without a first down since the first quarter, Anderson and Dailey had another exchange. Wilks stepped in and sent Anderson to the locker room.
Anderson said he “had no idea” why he was sent to the locker room. Dailey was not available for comment, but Anderson chose to speak with reporters after meeting with general manager Scott Fitterer.
“I was honestly confused,” Anderson said. “I wanted to be in the game. I’ve never had anyone yell at me to get out of the game. So I was honestly confused and upset about it. I should have been. I don’t see anybody who’s a real competitor, that. knows the value they bring and have a real passion for the game, that will be okay with being told not to do something or being taken out of something when they haven’t done anything wrong.”
Anderson joins a Cardinals team that fell to 2-4 with their loss on Sunday. A stellar receiver DeAndre Hopkins is scheduled to return from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs this week and the team’s offense has struggled without him.
The nine points the Cardinals scored Sunday were tied for the second fewest under coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Cardinals have yet to score 30 points this season and have reached 400 yards in a game just once. Goalkeeper Kyler Murray said after the game Sunday that Arizona’s offense hasn’t been as bad since his rookie year.
“That’s the last time s— felt so hard,” he said. “We just feel like it’s tough out there right now. Tough. That’s how it feels. A lot of it is self-inflicted, put it on ourselves. Gotta get better.”
Anderson was brought to Carolina by Rhule, for whom he played at Temple, in 2020 after four seasons with the New York Jets. His career seemed to be revived when he had a career-high 95 catches for 1,096 yards that season.
He received a two-year, $29.5 million extension through 2023 before the 2021 season, then struggled to just 53 catches for 519 yards.
Anderson did not have a catch on Sunday. He entered the game with 13 catches for 206 yards — 75 of them for a touchdown in the opener against the Cleveland Browns on a pass from Baker Mayfield.
The Cardinals will pick up Anderson’s $575,000 salary for the rest of the year, while the Panthers — who restructured his contract in March — will take a $20 million hit through this season and next.
ESPN’s David Newton and Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.