Browner signed a three-year, $17 million contract with the team in the offseason after spending the previous three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
He sat out the first four games of this season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. New England activated Browner to the roster last week, but he did not play in the 37-22 Week 6 victory over the Buffalo Bills because of an ankle injury.
Browner has been practicing with the team and participating in meetings since the time he was signed.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Browner said to the Boston Globe. “I’m trying to get ready to play this Thursday. I don’t have a checklist; I’m ready to go."
Browner says he is not yet in game shape, but studying the playbook and film on the Jets is getting him prepared for New York, who have lost five straight regular-season meetings with the Patriots.
“I’m itching,” Browner said. “It’s like anybody else who’s been held out or hurt — I’m itching to get out there. I’m taking it a day at a time, trying to get better every chance I can.”
The Patriots lead the AFC East with a 4-2 record. New York has lost five in a row.
- Scooby Axson