Tampa Bay Buccaneers vast receiver Antonio Brown is anticipated to return to the sphere in Week 16 after serving a three-game suspension for utilizing a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians stated Friday that he made his decision on Brown’s status with the crew however wouldn’t publicly announce it till earlier than or after Sunday’s sport. The star vast receiver and defensive again Mike Edwards were in jeopardy of being cut for deceiving the NFL and the Buccaneers about their vaccination standing.
But if there was any doubt about Brown returning to the crew proper earlier than the NFL playoffs, it needs to be erased following NFL Network’s report Sunday.
According to Ian Rapoport, Brown and Edwards are each anticipated to rejoin the crew on Monday. While Arians left the door open for each males to be launched, Brown posted a video of himself contained in the crew’s facility earlier this week.
- Antonio Brown stats (2021): 29 receptions, 418 receiving yards, 14.4 YPC, 4 touchdowns
Of course, Arians’ determination to maintain Brown comes simply over a 12 months after he stated Tampa Bay would minimize him if he screwed up even as soon as.
“He screws up one time, he’s gone. I don’t think he will because he wants to play,” Arians stated in 2020, through veteran NFL reporter Peter King.
Of course, this is identical head coach who publicly said in March 2020 that signing Brown was, “just not gonna happen.” Just a number of months later, due to some convincing from Tom Brady, Tampa Bay signed Brown to a one-year contract after which re-signed him this offseason.
Ultimately, it’s not stunning that the proficient vast receiver will rejoin the Buccaneers. He is Brady’s shut pal, and the franchise needs to win one other Super Bowl in any respect prices, even when it means Arians going again on his assertion for a second time.