The team is expected to label Brown, who injured his left ankle, as a "designated to return" player on the injured reserve list on Tuesday evening. That classification will give the Chargers the opportunity to bring him back to practice after a minimum of six weeks. Each team can designate one player per year who can return to the team from the injured reserved list.
Under the old restrictions, a player in Brown's position would have likely have taken up a spot on the 53-man roster. Placing him on the injured reserve under those rules would have kept him out of action for the entire season.
Brown broke his ankle during San Diego's Aug. 18, 2012, preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys and underwent surgery that will keep him out around eight weeks. The second-year wide receiver had 19 catches for 329 yards last season with the Chargers.