“I’ve seen people fake injuries and stuff like that to not go back in, but to just retire, it’s pretty weird. I mean to just put your clothes on and retire, that’s pretty funny. I kind of want to see it.”
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When asked what is worse, faking an injury or quitting mid-game, Brown couldn’t decide.
“You’ve kind of got to respect the fact he was like, ‘That’s it for me,’ but, it just sounds so weird,” he said. “He couldn’t give them no more. He got scored on early in the game, and I don’t know what that did to him, and then John (Ross) had him all over the internet a couple weeks ago, so I don’t know what’s going on.”
Ross, the Bengals’ 2017 first-round draft pick, beat Davis and another defender on a move to the end zone after catching a deep pass for a 57-yard touchdown in a preseason game against Buffalo last month.
Brown, a third-round draft pick for Buffalo in 2014, spent Week 2 on the bench for the Bengals, ending his streak of 65 straight regular-season games after injuring his ankle in the opener against Indianapolis.
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The fifth-year linebacker tested out his ankle in warm-ups before the game Thursday against Baltimore but was inactive.
“I think I could have played, but I would have looked pretty stank out there,” Brown said. “I needed to shut it down.
“We started to do some different drills and I saw the look in Marvin’s face that I needed to go inside because he didn’t like how I was looking.”
Brown said he probably could have played if the game was Sunday, rather than Thursday. He expects to be ready to go this week at Carolina.
“I felt good yesterday so maybe if the game was Sunday I might have been able to give it a try,” he said.
“It was weird. I haven’t done it for a while, so to sit there and watch, it was kind of cool just being a fan and being a big cheerleader for those guys.”