Buccaneers will not have Antonio Brown for Monday Night Football


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Buccaneers will not have Antonio Brown for Monday Night Football

Brown hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle injury in Week 6

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was charged this week with obtaining a vaccination card COVID-19 false, has been discarded for the Monday Night Football against the New York Giants, coach said Saturday Bruce Arians.

Brown hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle injury in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles and, although he has progressed, he did not practice with the team this week.

Earlier this week, former Brown resident chef Steven Ruiz, who also took on the role of personal assistant, accused the veteran recipient of obtaining a vaccine card. COVID-19 false and pointed out that Brown had obtained it from a Bucs teammate.

Brown’s attorney denied the accusation. Arians said Friday that the team did its due diligence in examining players’ shot cards and that “the league will do its thing.”

Arians shared Saturday that tight end Rob Gronkowski, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and wide receiver Scotty Miller are among the players who will be in doubt until the last minute.

“The arrow must be pointing up for a couple of guys,” Arians pointed out.

Murphy-Bunting and Miller are still on injured reserve, but they can be activated at any time since they began their 21-day practice window to return.

“I think Sean showed me he’s probably ready to play, and we’ll see if we’re going to make that move on the roster yet,” Arians said. “Scotty, it’s just a matter of necessity. Because we have enough receivers. We have BP (Breshad Perriman) for another week, so we’ll see, but he’s ready.”

Arians said Murphy-Bunting, who suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 1, had some interceptions in practice this week using both hands. The team could use their presence considering that Richard Sherman was put on IR with a calf strain this week.

“Getting him back is one thing, but playing 60 plays is another,” Arians explained of Murphy-Bunting. “… Sean has been out for a long time, so we can’t overload him. But there are points where, if we can get him back, he can safely help us and gradually regain his role.”

The team is also waiting to see if cornerback Dee Delaney will pass concussion protocol. If he doesn’t, Arians said the team would likely call Blidi Wreh-Wilson from the practice team.

Arians said he was encouraged by what he saw this week from Gronkowski, who played just five plays in Week 8 after missing four games with broken ribs and a punctured lung before dealing with back spasms.

“We’ll see it well before the game,” Arians said. “… We will have to see how he goes, and if he plays, control his workload.”


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