Coming off a disheartening loss to the Saints, the Bucs need some positive news. Tampa Bay fell to 10-4 and lost four of their best players to injury. Wide receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, running back Leonard Fournette and linebacker Lavonte David all went down with injuries. However, the good news is that Antonio Brown will be back next week against the Panthers. Fresh off a 3-game suspension for using a fake vaccination card, the Bucs opted not to cut Brown after all.

“Yeah, it’s in the best interest of our football team,” Arians said. “Both of those guys have served their time and we’ll welcome them back.”

Brown and safety Mike Edwards have missed the past three games. In the meantime, the Bucs have weathered an injury to Jordan Whitehead and lost Evans, Godwin, Breshad Perriman (COVID), Antoine Winfield, Jamel Dean and Richard Sherman. Depending on injuries, Brown and Edwards could step right into playing 100 percent of snaps in Week 16.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown

Bucs WR Antonio Brown – Photo by: USA Today

Brown has played in just five games this season, catching 29 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Edwards still leads the team in interceptions with three this season, to go with 34 tackles and a forced fumble. Arians had left it open-ended whether the duo would be back on the team or not following their suspensions. However, it’s been widely assumed for weeks that Brown and Edwards would return.

The Bucs won’t know more about the injuries to Godwin and Evans until more testing is done. For now, the team believes Godwin may have avoided major injury. In place of the three star receivers, the Bucs depth struggled mightily against the Saints. They’ll need some talent back against a quality Panthers secondary.

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fredster
fredster
6 months ago

He should said that last week. Arians is a moron at times. Sometimes I wonder if we didn’t have so much talent if Bucs would be very good with him.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

I honestly think last week he was split on his decision and seriously thought about cutting AB. I think in the end he didn’t want to punish the team in middle of a playoff run and thought better of the situation. All bets are off once the season is over though.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

You’re the moron, moron

scubog
scubog
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

And just why should he have declared the team’s decision “last week”? Since he didn’t whisper it and lean over the podium, he’s a “moron”?

Horse
Horse
6 months ago

Yep, we need them and they paid for their stupidity. Brown should feel awful because he hurt the team the most!

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
6 months ago

I will no longer entertain any “Bucs are so deep at receiver” arguments. Without Evans, Godwin, and AB they stink. Darden is not good at returning punts or getting separation. Johnson seems like a Godwin prototype but his routes are not good enough to get separation. Scotty is a one-trick pony go ball guy which is ok, but people are coming to expect it now. OJ Howard is a lost cause. Anyone who said “cut AB” should be enjoying the taste of their foot in their mouth by now. Bucs win that game with just 1 of their top 3… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

The young receivers were not much help, true, but our offensive line and other blockers failed to block decently for Tom Brady, who forced a lot of passes sooner than he normally would have done. As in all games, it was a group effort that led to the miserable performance by the Bucs offense. Getting AB back on the field will certainly help, and hope that we can get Godwin and Evans by by the time we get to the playoffs. Thankfully we have weak competitors in these last three games so it seems very unlikely that the Bucs would… Read more »

compewterpirate
compewterpirate
6 months ago

If cutting AB was an option that BA ever entertained in his mind, then that thought was surely excised very quickly in the aftermath of a disastrous offensive outing against the Saints. With the untimely injuries to Evans, Godwin and Lenny our receiving corps resembled a MASH unit and with Gronk having an uncharacteristic off-day, the other less experienced receivers and back-up TE’s did not step up to the plate, failing to get open and/or dropping passes. Therefore AB should be welcomed back with open arms and hopefully will repay the support and faith the team have shown in him.

Last edited 6 months ago by compewterpirate