TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not have wide receiver Antonio Brown for the Sunday NFC Championship Game at the Green Bay Packers, coach Bruce Arians announced on Friday.
Arian said, “I only talked to him this morning, and made him sit on the plane and provoke him to fly from there, it makes no sense.” “He was not as close as we expected, so we will prepare him for the next one.”
Brown suffered a knee injury in the Divisional Playoff Game at the New Orleans Saints and played only 27 snaps. He did not practice this week.
Arian described her as “day to day”, but Brown was not able to progress quickly in her treatment.
The former All-Pro led the Buccaneers in achieving the goal of the final five weeks of the regular season and had a touchdown catch of 36 yards in their wild-card win over Washington. Brown also has experience playing in two league championship games and the Super Bowl, with some other players on this roster outside of Tom Brady.
“It’s obviously useless for Antonio. We want him to be there with us,” Brady said. “Other people are supposed to step in and do the job. I have a lot of confidence in people who haven’t been out as much when Abby is there.”
Arion said he believed Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson would be able to step up. Johnson made a third third-down catch from 15 yards against the Saints. Miller grabbed a catch for 29 yards against New Orleans, but he was on the finishing touches of one of Brady’s best deep passes this season – a touchdown of 33 yards and 48 yards against the Las Vegas Raiders. Touchdown Minnesota Vikings.
“I think if you just look at last week, when Scooty and Tyler made those huge plays in the fourth quarter, the amount of confidence Coach and Tom have in them is just because they earned it. Their performances. Has earned it., “Arion said. “Antonio will be missed, but we are stepping up capable people.”
Arion said there is a possibility that defensive player Vita will play VA after returning to practice this week for the first time since fracturing his ankle in Week 5.
Arian said, “He looks real good. He’s been running for about three weeks and yesterday was a good practice and today is a good one.” “We haven’t made that determination yet, but we’ll see if we want to activate it or not. There’s a chance.”