Wide receiver and tight end were ruled out against the Bears due to recovering from injuries
TAMPA – The growing list of key players in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers missing out due to injuries will now include wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was ruled out by head coach Bruce Arians for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears due to a Ankle injury.
Brown missed workouts all week for a sprained ankle who suffered in the victory of the Bucs, 28-22, over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14. However, the extra rest was not enough for Sunday.
It will be the second game to be lost Brown this campaign after being absent in Week 3 due to COVID-19. The 418 yards received from Brown they are the second most on the team, 2 less than Mike Evans and 9 more than Chris Godwin. Second-year wide receiver Tyler Johnson is expected to take on the role of Brown.
“Tyler has done a good job. Everyone has a lot of confidence in Tyler,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “He does a good job here whenever he has the opportunity and makes a lot of plays in games. He’s not too big for him and I think he has a good attitude, a good work ethic. We should keep trying to improve together.”
The Bucs they will not have the tight end either Rob gronkowski, who is still recovering from a rib injury; inside linebacker Lavonte David, who is recovering from a sprained ankle; and cornerback Richard Sherman, who has a hamstring problem.
Arians had said earlier in the week that he “had his fingers crossed” for David to come back.
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Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul’s status will be determined after he missed practice all week with hand and shoulder injuries.
On a positive note, Arians said safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion in Week 4 against the New England Patriots, has exceeded concussion protocol and will be active on Sunday, which means that Bucs they will have three of their original five defensive backs (Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead and Jamel Dean) play on Sunday.
A win on Sunday would place the Bucs at 6-1, that would be the best start in franchise history.