One of many Buccaneers’ prime offensive gamers is vulnerable to lacking the NFC championship sport in opposition to the Packers on Sunday.
Vast receiver Antonio Brown limped by a lot of the divisional spherical with a knee damage and had an MRI on Monday afternoon, according to ESPN. Outcomes of the take a look at haven’t but been introduced.
Brown’s devastating bursts on brief routes make him an necessary a part of quarterback Tom Brady’s sport plan. Opponents should account for him close to the road of scrimmage whereas additionally defending from Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sprinting previous the secondary to haul in deep balls. With out him within the lineup, a complete dimension of a potent assault could be hampered.
Coach Bruce Arians declined to take a position on the severity of Brown’s damage after Tampa Bay beat New Orleans this previous weekend.
Godwin has been suffering from drops this month after being sure-handed all through the common season. In probably frigid situations at Lambeau Area, that downside is perhaps magnified. Brown has appeared in 12 playoff video games in his profession and caught 62.1 p.c of his targets — higher than Godwin’s price of 47.4 p.c in a restricted pattern dimension.
Brady did join with unheralded receivers late within the win over the Saints, making key completions to Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson. They’d tackle a bigger position if Brown was restricted transferring ahead.
Plus, Brady can at all times look to trusted tight finish Rob Gronkowski — considered one of his favourite teammates and one other confirmed playoff competitor.
The Buccaneers are 7-3 in video games Brown has participated on this season.