After suffering a knee injury against the Saints, head coach Bruce Arians announced that Antonio Brown has been ruled out the Bucs’ NFC Championship match-up against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“We just talked to him this morning and to put him on the plane and fly up there and have it swell more just doesn’t make any sense,” Arians said on Friday. “He wasn’t as close as we had hoped so we’ll get him ready for the next one.”
Brown totaled 483 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 45 receptions over the second half of the Bucs’ season, returning to action in Tampa Bay’s Week 9 match-up with the New Orleans Saints, but he had started to reestablish himself as a dominant threat down the stretch. Over the Bucs’ final three games of the regular season and their Wild-Card Round game against Washington, Brown racked up 315 yards and five touchdowns before leaving the Bucs’ Divisional Round game against the Saints last week with just one catch on three targets for 10 yards.
In Brown’s place it will likely mean increased snaps for rookie Tyler Johnson and second-year receiver Scotty Miller, both of which made crucial catches in the Bucs’ win over the Saints last Sunday.