The Bucs still have wide receiver Antonio Brown and Kevin Minter on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. With two days to go before the Bucs face the Rams in Los Angeles, the window is closing to get them cleared to play.
Though Bruce Arians hasn’t ruled them out just yet, it doesn’t look very likely that either player will be available for Sunday afternoon’s game.
Bucs ILB Kevin Minter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“It’s very questionable for both he (Brown) and Kevin (Minter),” Arians said. “Kevin’s got a closer chance.”
Minter was placed on the COVID list on Monday of this week, which, as Arians said, gives him a better chance. Brown was placed on the list on Wednesday.
As vaccinated players, Brown and Minter need to be asymptomatic and have two negative tests 24 hours apart in order to be cleared to play. That would make Saturday their last chance to produce an initial negative test before Sunday’s game.
If Brown can’t play on Sunday, we’ll see a lot more of Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson at wide receiver. Johnson has one catch for five yards in the first two games, while Miller is still looking for his first grab of the season. Rookie K.J. Britt will fill in at backup linebacker if Minter is out. The Bucs fifth round pick has yet to play a defensive snap in the NFL.