According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, the Bucs have placed wide receiver Antonio Brown on the reserve/COVID list. As a fully vaccinated player, Brown must remain asymptomatic and receive two negative tests 24 hours apart to play on Sunday against the Rams.
Bucs WR Antonio Brown has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He would have to have two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play Sunday at Los Angeles.
A 7-time Pro Bowler, Brown got off to a hot start this season with the Bucs, catching five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. In Week 2, Brown managed one catch for 17 yards against Atlanta, playing just 28 snaps. If Brown isn’t active by Sunday, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would step up in his place. Rookie Jaelon Darden will likely see his first NFL action as well.
In eight games with the Bucs last season, Brown had 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns. Brown has played 55 percent of the Bucs’ offensive snaps in 2021, so replacing him will be a significant task. Luckily, the Bucs probably have the deepest wide receiver room in the NFL. Miller and Johnson have been quiet to start the 2021 season, with the former failing to catch a pass this year. Johnson has one catch for five yards.
Brown joins backup linebacker and special teams captain Kevin Minter on the COVID list, as well as WR Travis Jonsen. Minter and Jonsen were placed on the list on Monday. Brown’s absence also means the Bucs are down another punt returner, after the former Steelers star replaced the injured Jaydon Mickens in Week 2. Mickens did not practice on Wednesday.
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