Coming off the bye week, the Bucs should get several injured players back in the lineup. But wide receiver Antonio Brown may not be among them. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Arians didn’t seem optimistic that Brown would be back in the lineup against Washington in Week 10. Brown has missed two games since injuring his ankle almost a month ago against the Eagles.

“Yes, he’s still in the boot,” Arians said.

Brown posted an Instagram story of the receiver biking outside while wearing a walking boot last week. He’s joined Rob Gronkowski as the Bucs offensive skill players who have missed the most games this season. Gronkowski was injured in Week 3, but tried to return too early against the Saints. The All-Pro tight end quickly bowed out with back spasms after six snaps.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Another starter, cornerback Carlton Davis, remains on injured reserve. Davis hurt his quad in Week 4 against the Patriots. When asked which injured players were in question to play on Sunday against Washington, Arians tabbed those three Bucs.

“You still have to worry a little bit about Gronk,” Arians said. “And I don’t know if AB is going to make it back. And Carlton will stay on IR. We’ll see how those other two (Brown and Gronkowski) guys [look]. If they’re game ready. It’s one thing to practice, it’s another thing to throw them out there in the game.”

Brown and Gronkowski were off to torrid starts before injuries waylaid their seasons. If the Bucs can get them both back in the lineup, their offense could be even more unstoppable. Tampa Bay is currently first in the NFL in points per game (32.5) and passing yards.

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fredster
fredster
6 months ago

Hope that Davis injury isn’t season ending.

Spitfire
Spitfire
6 months ago

Hopefully Davis’ injury will just take an extra week or two at most. They just came back from Bye so they are just getting a feel for where guys were at. Hopefully as the week goes on he will maybe show some better progress. We need him back along with Gronk the most.

SaskBucs
SaskBucs
6 months ago

The Bucs better smarten up with these injured guys. No reason for Gronk to be on the field last week. I want the Bucs to get the number 1 seed as much as anyone else but I think the team is still talented enough and deep enough to do it without some key contributors. Cannot rush guys back! Especially in the secondary. I would be very cautious with Sherman and that hamstring. He is our Davis insurance policy. If Gronk, Brown, Sherman, Murphy Bunting were all close and questionable this week… I would still keep them out until week 12.… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
6 months ago

Second half schedule is very forgiving. I’m thinking the boys should be able to go 8-1 over the last 9 even with the injuries and that may be good enough for the #1 seed. But all of the team’s efforts should really be towards being as healthy as possible for the playoffs. With a fully healthy team we can win anywhere.