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.

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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cgmaster27 (@cgmaster27)
2 months ago

Crap. Unfortunate. But the Bucs have been one of the few teams to not have big players go out with covid. Fortunately for this team, we are absolutely stacked at the position. Can’t account for the coverages that AB would bring, but Tyler Johnson and scotty should be able to make up for it.

Last edited 2 months ago by cgmaster27
Buc76 (@jjjj)
2 months ago

Scotty will take the top off of that defense on that fast track for sure and catch some bombs, open up the underneath for other guys or do both.

Naplesfan (@naplesfan)
2 months ago

Being vaccinated and non-symptomatic, and the NFL using the notoriously unreliable rapid COVID test for testing every other day, it’s quite likely that this is a false positive. The team will give AB a much more reliable “long” test (three day analysis period) today and another tomorrow, and he could easily be off the COVID list by Saturday or by Sunday morning. The rapid COVID tests are generating false positives at a ridiculously high rate – around 40 to 50 percent false positives. They have some value for early detection of a real infection, but any positive will generate the… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Naplesfan
Buc-Up (@buc-up)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Good points about the False Positives on the Rapid Tests and how they need to do the 3day tests. I tested positive on a Rapid Test at Tropicana Field back in January. I never had any symptoms. I took a 3day test 3 days later and Tested Negative. I took another 3 day test 3 days later and Tested Negative. Pretty sure the Rapid Test was a False Positive.