According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are expecting key offensive contributors in wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Cameron Brate to play in Super Bowl LV despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.
Three players — Bucs’ WR Antonio Brown (knee), TE Cameron Brate (back), Chiefs’ WR Sammy Watkins (calf) — are listed as questionable for Sunday, but all are expected to play in Super Bowl LV, per sources.
Brown finished the regular season on a tear for the Bucs, with 266 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s final three games of the season. The veteran receiver kicked off the postseason in the same fashion with a 36-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the wild card game against Washington, but then injured his knee the following week in the first half against New Orleans in the divisional round. Brown then missed the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, but was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday for the Bucs.
Brate has been critical for the Bucs this postseason, standing third on the team with 149 yards in the playoffs on just 11 catches, one catch more than Mike Evans. The veteran tight end’s back injury came out of nowhere in practice this week, as Brate was a Thursday addition to the injury report as a limited participant before not practicing at all on Friday.
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