Cardinals receiver John Brown had cyst removed from spine

Cardinals receiver John Brown had cyst removed from spine
Posted at 3:45 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 18:45:47-04

After a breakout season in 2015, Cardinals wide receiver John Brown had a difficult 2016, largely due to a sickle cell trait condition discovered by doctors early in the season.

But on Thursday, we learned sickle cell trait wasn't the only medical situation Brown was dealing with last year: The 5-foot-10, 179-pounder told that he had a cyst removed from his spine after the season.

Brown told Cardinals insider Darren Urban that the cyst was discovered and removed after the Cardinals' final game of the 2016 season, and he has been "back to normal" ever since it was removed.

Brown said he's been feeling better overall and has more energy now compared to most of last season, when he wasn't even able to go on walks with his daughter.

"I most definitely feel confident. Since they found out the situation, my body has been feeling better," Brown told "I am doing the usual, which I couldn't do when I was going through this process."

If he's healthy, Brown, who racked up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, could be looking at an expanded role in the Cardinals' offense this year following the departure of Michael Floyd, who was released following a DUI arrest in December.