|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 4|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 186 lb.|
|Born:||July 10, 1988|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 6 (195)|
Brown has discussed re-signing with Tampa Bay, but the two sides remain far apart on money, NFL.com reports.
Analysis: The Bucs otherwise have managed to retain their top free agents, including RB Leonard Fournette and TE Rob Gronkowski. A return to Tampa would keep Brown in one of the best offenses in the league, but it also would keep him on a roster where he's unlikely to rise any higher than the No. 3 receiver spot. Of course, Brown may be looking at limited options, as his legal/off-field history likely means a number of teams won't consider signing him. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four TDs in only eight regular-season games for the Bucs last year, adding 8/81/2 in three playoff appearances.
Brown (knee) secured five of six targets for 22 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran mid-season pickup was second in receptions to Rob Gronkowski on the night, and his one-yard touchdown grab just before halftime gave the Buccaneers a commanding 21-6 lead. Brown's signing, which was the subject of some skepticism when it unfolded, ultimately paid significant dividends. The 32-year-old finished his eight-game regular season with a 45-483-4 line, and he ended up with two scoring grabs overall in four postseason games. Brown will head into unrestricted free agency in March, and his potential 2021 destination will surely be a topic of heavy discussion this offseason.
Brown (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LV versus the Chiefs, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: A knee injury sidelined Brown for the NFC Championship Game, but with three weeks to rest up since his last game action in the divisional round at New Orleans he'll be out there for Tom Brady. Brown had one of his worst statistical performances of the season against Kansas City back in Week 12 -- two catches for 11 yards on three targets -- so he'll look to be more involved in a receiving corps led by Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Brown (knee) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl, despite being a full practice participant Thursday and Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It would be unusual for a player to miss a game -- especially this game -- after logging back-to-back full practices at the end of the week. Brown should be back in the lineup after missing the NFC Championship Game, though he won't necessarily be at 100 percent strength. The Chiefs and Bucs should release inactive lists around 5:00 ET, with Brown, TE Cameron Brate (back) and Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) being the three names to check in on.
Brown (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: After logging a limited practice Wednesday, Brown progressed to a full session Thursday. Per Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site, coach Bruce Arians noted that the wideout "looked good" in practice and that the team will be on the lookout Friday to see if the running Brown on Thursday did resulted in any swelling in his knee. If not, he has a chance to approach Sunday's Super Bowl against Kansas City minus an injury designation.
Brown (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Despite being held out of practice entirely during the first week of Super Bowl LV prep, Brown was deemed to be "getting close" by coach Bruce Arians on Monday as the wide receiver worked through the knee injury that sidelined him in the NFC Championship Game. Brown's ability to get on the field Wednesday is a good sign he's trending in the right direction, but he has two more practices to navigate before the Bucs may give him a designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Brown (knee) is expected to be limited at practice Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: That's a positive step toward Brown being available for the Super Bowl against Kansas City. How his knee responds in practice over the next few days should dictate whether the wideout heads into the weekend with an injury designation or cleared to suit up Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Brown (knee) is "getting close" and has been able to get some work in on the side.
Analysis: Brown didn't practice at all last week and was estimated as 'doubtful' on Friday's injury report, but he appears to have made some progress over the weekend. Arians said "we'll see how sore he is" when asked about Brown's chances of returning in time to face the Chiefs on Sunday. A return to practice this week could be mandatory in order for Brown to suit up for the Super Bowl.
Brown (knee) missed another practice Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: The Friday injury report lists Browns as 'doubtful', but that's merely the estimate of what his status would be if the Bucs had a game this Sunday. The week off before the Super Bowl gives Brown some extra time to recover from his knee injury, hoping to get back on the field after missing the NFC Championship Game.
Brown (knee) wasn't seen at the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It appears to be the third straight day of no practice for the veteran wideout, which coach Bruce Arians indicated was the expectation for this week. A return to the field at some point next week would go a long way toward improving Brown's outlook for the Super Bowl.
Brown (knee) isn't practicing Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians said Brown isn't likely to practice this week, though the Bucs expect him to be ready for the Super Bowl. A return to practice at some point next week would put Brown on track to suit up for the big game.
Brown (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report.
Analysis: As expected, Brown wouldn't have practiced if the Bucs had held a session, which likely will be his fate this week. Still, the team hopes the veteran wide receiver will get healthy enough to play in Super Bowl LV versus the Chiefs. If he's unable to, though, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would be in line for additional targets behind starters Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (elbow).
Coach Bruce Arians doesn't expect Brown (knee) to practice this week, NFL.com reports.
Analysis: The Bucs still plan on Brown returning for the Super Bowl, after he missed the NFC Championship Game. It sounds like he'll try to get back on the practice field next week, potentially dropping Scotty Miller back to the No. 4 receiver role.
The Buccaneers expect Brown (knee) to be ready for the Super Bowl, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Brown was held out of practice all last week and ruled out for the NFC Championship Game. He'll now have two weeks to get healthy before the Bucs face the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, with Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson the options to fill in at wide receiver if Brown can't play.
Brown (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Green Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians indicated Thursday that the veteran wideout was expected to be a game-time decision, but he hadn't progress as the team hoped when evaluated Friday morning, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Brown won't travel with the team, and the Buccaneers will need to advance to the Super Bowl for him to have a chance of seeing the field again this season. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson should see increased opportunities for the Buccaneers.
Brown (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians noted that Brown doesn't have to practice this week in order to play Sunday against the Packers and will be a game-time decision for the NFC Championship Game, which kicks off at 3:05 ET. With that in mind, Brown figures to be officially listed as questionable upon the release of the Buccaneers' Friday injury report.
Brown (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: An MRI on Brown's knee revealed no major damage and the wideout is considered day-to-day by coach Bruce Arians. Meanwhile, when Jenna Laine of ESPN.com asked Arians Wednesday about Brown's availability for Sunday's NFC Championship Game, he replied, "it's too early to tell." Added context on Brown's status will arrive no later than Thursday when the Buccaneers next take the practice field.
Brown (knee) isn't participating in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brown injured his knee Sunday and had an MRI on Monday. The Bucs reportedly consider him day-to-day, hoping he'll be available for the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay on Sunday. It's possible the wideout could play without practicing, but it would still be nice to see some level of participation by the end of the week.
Browns (knee) is considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The wideout avoided a serious injury, but he could still face a challenge to be ready in time for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Brown played only 40 percent of offensive snaps in a win over New Orleans in the divisional round, catching one of three targets for 10 yards. If Brown isn't available Sunday, the Bucs can install Tyler Johnson and/or Scotty Miller as the No. 3 receiver.
Brown (knee) is undergoing an MRI to diagnose the nature and severity of his injury Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brown appeared to tweak his knee during the second half of Sunday's NFC divisional-round win over the Saints, in which he hauled in one of three targets for 10 yards. The 32-year-old veteran had numerous stints on the sideline during the second half, but he was never officially ruled out for the game, which could bode well for his health. If his status does end up impacted for this weekend's NFC Championship Game at chilly Lambeau Field, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will stand to inherit increased roles behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
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