Trent Brown played just seven times for the Patriots in 2021 before he returned to the field in their bold 45-7 win over the Browns in Week 10. And the moment is a reminder of just how far Brown has come. like since the last time he faced Cleveland.
Brown joined the Raiders during the 2020 NFL season and was set to be removed from the COVID-19 roster against Cleveland in Week 8. He missed the Raiders’ previous game because of illness. However, he ran into a problem while getting the IV before the game. Air was introduced into his blood and he nearly died by mistake.
So returning to play with Cleveland after that near-death experience, which prompted Brown to contemplate retirement, made more sense.
“To come back and play the Browns, I think it’s pretty cool, because I almost died before we played them last year,” Brown said. according to NFL.com. “When I was lying on the floor, I definitely thought about my kids. I was even thinking about retirement, to be honest. It was scary. I was almost done. Then after it was fine. calm down a bit, I’m fine.”
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As Brown explains, the air in his blood almost brought him to a cardiac arrest. He was hospitalized for several days to deal with the condition.
“It’s different,” Brown said. “Getting out of COVID and then just looking forward to playing a game, and then all the way to the city, to the game, to the locker room.” “And I’m going through my normal routine, IV injections, and passing out and almost cardiac arrest is just insane.”
Brown has shut down another six games for the Raiders. He ended up playing just 5 games for them because of a couple of injuries, a COVID-19 diagnosis and a venous tube malfunction. He’s only been out of action for about a month and a half, but it will take much longer for him to “feel normal again”.
“To really fully recover, it probably takes about eight months to feel normal again,” Brown said. “And really start to take steps, until it improves, to feel like yourself back on the court after eight months.”
Brown has played in just two games and 53 appearances for the Patriots since rejoining the team for the 2021 NFL season. He’s suffered a calf injury and has another spot on the COVID-19 roster. He will be acclimating for Thursday’s second straight game against the Falcons and the 2019 Pro Bowler will hope to regain his dominant form and stay on the field.