If you’ve been following the Falcons’ left guard battle closely over the past few weeks of training camp practices, you’ve probably noticed one big name missing from the rotation: Jamon Brown. As it turns out, Brown missed the start of training camp with an illness (which was not COVID-19 related). He suffered another extremely unlucky incident when, in one of his first practices back, Brown suffered a concussion and was placed in the league protocol.
Now, approximately five days later—we don’t know exactly when Brown entered the protocol, but the report came out on August 19—Brown has returned to the practice field. Per Vaughn McClure at ESPN, Jamon Brown was sighted on the field during today’s practice. We haven’t heard any extensive reports yet about the level of work that he’s receiving, but from Vaughn’s picture below you can see that Brown appears to be with the rest of the offensive line for drills and is not wearing any sort of non-contact jersey.
Jamon Brown back from concussion protocol. pic.twitter.com/LcCbcA1u32— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 24, 2020
Jamon Brown joined the Falcons in the 2019 offseason as one of two high-priced free agent additions at guard. He competed with fellow veteran James Carpenter for the starting left guard job in training camp, but lost the battle. Due to the multitude of offensive line injuries, Brown wound up starting 9 games—many of those at right guard. He actually played a lot better than Carpenter, but still posted a relatively mediocre 53.2 overall PFF grade.
With Brown now significantly behind in terms of reps—he’s missed the first two weeks of training camp at this point—it’s fair to question whether or not he has a chance to close the gap in the left guard battle. The current favorites for the position seem to be veteran James Carpenter, former UDFA Matt Gono, rookie third-round pick Matt Hennessy, and veteran Justin McCray. Let’s hope Brown is back to full health heading into the 2020 season and can show out over the remainder of camp. It’s important to note that there’s virtually no chance the Falcons cut him due to the dead cap on his deal.