Antonio Brown has been a difference-maker for the Buccaneers since making his Tampa Bay debut in Week 9, however will he be obtainable for Tremendous Bowl 55? That is one of many large questions heading into Sunday’s recreation.
The 32-year-old, who sat out the primary eight weeks of the common season after the NFL suspended him for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, missed the NFC championship recreation with a knee damage. Brown possible would have sat out a contest scheduled for Jan. 31, however happily for the Bucs, the additional restoration time may permit him to return towards the Chiefs.
Brown is not the identical influence participant he was throughout his prime years in Pittsburgh, however his presence alone could be priceless for a Tampa Bay offense that additionally options Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller. You possibly can by no means have an excessive amount of firepower when going through Kansas Metropolis.
This is every little thing we learn about Brown’s standing forward of the Tremendous Bowl.
Will Antonio Brown play vs. Chiefs?
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians instructed reporters that Brown was restricted in observe on Wednesday. Tampa Bay safties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder/knee) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) had been additionally restricted.
“They received about half a observe in,” Arians said. “Most of them appeared fairly good. We’ll see how the swelling goes tomorrow on AB for positive. … Jordan had a non-contact jersey on, however he was flying round, wanting fairly good.”
Throughout his Wednesday media availability, Brown did not provide something definitive however mentioned the “arrow is pointing up.”
Antonio Brown, on his knee and restoration: “The arrow is pointing up because the week continues to unfold.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 3, 2021
Brown was initially listed as “uncertain” on the Bucs’ Super Bowl injury report, however clearly that designation may change if he continues making progress.
What’s Antonio Brown’s damage?
Brown injured his knee through the Buccaneers’ divisional spherical win towards the Saints and underwent an MRI. He was thought of “day-to-day” however then missed the NFC championship recreation towards the Packers. It wasn’t clear when or how he suffered the damage, however broadcast cameras confirmed Brown limping on the sideline.
Antonio Brown 2020 stats
Regardless of leaping into the offense midway by the common season, Brown completed first on the group in receptions per recreation, tied for third in complete receptions and fourth in targets. He rapidly earned the belief of Tom Brady, and that connection solely turned stronger as Brown received extra alternatives inside Tampa Bay’s system.
“Antonio and I linked instantly,” Brady said of his relationship with Brown. “He has an incredible love for the sport. [He’s] an actual perfectionist about how he performs, how he takes care of himself, unbelievable soccer IQ after which an incredible ability set simply as a participant. I believe [he’s] made unbelievable strides over the past 12 months to get from the place he was at to the place he is at now.”