Bruce Arians is playing Antonio Brown when he returns from suspension this week, and he doesn’t care what anyone on the outside thinks. The tune has changed for Arians and the Bucs on Brown. Not that he’ll face further discipline because of his suspension, but that he’s playing because the team needs it.

Questions have risen about with the Bucs’ zero tolerance policy regarding Brown, only for him to get suspended this season. Brown was disciplined by the NFL for providing a fake vaccination card to the league. Despite the Bucs strict stance toward Brown, the team has announced he’ll play this week. This comes despite Arians making it clear Brown would be gone if he got in any trouble last year.

“The history has changed since that statement,” Arians said. “A lot of things went on last year that I was proud of him. I made a decision that was best for our football team. I could give a shit what [critics] think. The only thing I care about is this football team and what’s best for us.”

It’s more critical for Brown to be in the lineup for the Bucs now more than ever. Mike Evans could miss time with a hamstring injury, and Chris Godwin is out for the season with a torn ACL. That leaves the Bucs with mostly young and inexperienced receivers that failed to win their matchups on Sunday night against the Saints.

How much could Brown play on Sunday against the Panthers? It’s a reasonable question considering Brown hasn’t played since Week 6 due to an ankle injury. He’s been great when available, recording 29 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns in five games. But it’s been over two months since the controversial wide receiver last suited up.

“We’ll wait and see,” Arians said. “Wednesday and Thursday’s practice we’ll see how much he can do. Hopefully we can get 30, 35 plays out of him.”

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drdneast
drdneast
6 months ago

Good for BA. Glad to have AB back. The St. Pete Times can go F themselves.

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

The Times was my paper back in the 70’s and 80’s now not so.

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46
6 months ago

Go AB Go

RW
RW
6 months ago

AB owes his whole career right now to Brady. And knowing now that Brady needs him he will ballout next Sunday. I bet he comes out against the Panthers and catches 10 balls for over 100,

Dude
Dude
6 months ago

Nothing like always trying to throw AB under the bus on a Buccaneers site with colorful adjectives every time AB is mentioned, i.e.” the controversial wide receiver.” I sure hope he doesn’t read PR, because he wouldn’t feel too welcome here.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
Reply to  Dude
6 months ago

No way he reads PR. He doesn’t give two fucks about the Bucs. Its twitter, insta, and followers or didn’t you know?

Horse
Horse
6 months ago

I agree with Arians, even though I wish he didn’t have to make that choice but it was for the good of this team.

Spruce
Spruce
6 months ago

QB1 is throwing tantrums on the sideline, Aryans is being mocked across the country for being clueless frequently when the game is on the line and devoid of any standards of conduct when players lie to him and their teammates while putting them at risk.
But he uses the S word and Bucs nations goes wild with adulation. What a hero they say. He may be clueless at times and have no standards but he can use profanity with the best of them at an inappropriate time.
Good luck with that

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Spruce
6 months ago

Yes I agree. It is what it is. We have long past the time that Duty, Honor, Country meant something.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

The NFL is not the Marine Corps, Horse. It’s a business.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  Spruce
6 months ago

I totally see your point! And I submit that Football may be a little too violent & vulgar for you. Rated PG-13

Spruce
Spruce
Reply to  Captain Sly
6 months ago

Is that what you think is it? It is not I that sets the tone in the locker room. I don’t constantly make the point that team mates are like brothers. I don’t mention trust like players do so often. I don’t mention team values either a common refrain of so many teams. I do see teams release players routinely that have not lived up to the standards of their team including AB from several teams. Lucky that Aryans and you too apparently Captain Sly have no standards or pride. It’s worked out well now that the team has a… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Spruce
6 months ago

WTF are you blabbering on about? Geezus.

The Super Bowl winning, first place in the NFC South by 4 game lead head coach is “clueless”? That’s just fucking ridiculous, and you’re a fucking moron..

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

I actually agree with you on this. The greatest QB to ever touch a football, Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, on their way to win the division for the first time since 2007, and a coach who has 3 Super Bowl rings and was Coach of the Year twice who coached 3 HoF caliber QBs now. Man life really sucks for Tampa fans huh………..

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

The bandwagon jumpers and the haters like drdneast and Fredster, who STFU whenever their targets are performing well this season, have been leaping and yapping like crazy since Sunday night. No team is perfect – shocking news to some fans, but football teams are made up of human beings! – and no team this year is going to make it unscathed. Of the three teams that went into the past weekend that were 10-3, only one – the Packers – emerged with a win, and that was only because they managed to prevent a game winning last second two point… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Why should he give a shit? AB was punished for the fake card and paid his dues. However, he was fully vaccinated before training camp which was what Bruce Arians demanded.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Very appropriate, on top of that, AB could possibly be a victim of extortion. “Do this or else”. Either way he paid his due, is over.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
6 months ago

Let’s not forget that Brady never forgave Belichick and blamed him for loosing that SB for not playing Malcolm Butler. BA may be Stubborn but he’s not Stupid!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
6 months ago

Fuck the critics. Especially the ones here at PR

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
6 months ago

Nice to have AB back but this message is for Arians. It’s “I couldn’t care less” not “I could”

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
6 months ago

Thank goodness AB will be back! Who else is gonna catch 20 WR screens for 3 yards each. WHat a POWERFUL attack!

scubog
scubog
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

Why the sarcasm B.S.? Is it just a coincidence that you made a rare appearance after a loss? Thought we might see you after your Colts’ lost to that “powerful attack”.