Pierre-Paul has dealt with hand and shoulder injuries. Mickens with an abdominal injury
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul or kick returner Jaydon Mickens for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Bruce Arians announced Friday.
He also said that the wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list earlier this week he is “very questionable” and unlikely to play. Brown would have to be completely asymptomatic for 24 hours and pass two COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart before he is allowed to travel, per NFL rules.
Pierre-Paul has dealt with hand and shoulder injuries. Mickens with an abdominal injury. None practiced this week. Rookie first-round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, whom the Bucs selected with the 32nd pick from Washington, will make his first NFL start, having served in a rotating role in the first two games.
Mickens’ injury may pave the way for the rookie wide receiver Jaelon Darden, a fourth-round pick from North Texas, sees his first action in the NFL.
Arians expressed optimism that Brown, along with backup inside linebacker / special teams captain Kevin Minter, could return next week, when the Bucs travel to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. season for the entire league.