Brown (knee) is approximately two weeks from retaking the field at practice, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Brown officially landed his new deal with Tampa Bay in late May and is apparently making significant progress toward his return to the practice field. Once back in a full capacity, Brown figures to play a key role on offense again after turning in 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns over eight games last season.
Jun 8, 2021 8:20 AM EST
Brown (knee) signed his one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The two sides agreed to this contract nearly a month ago, but Brown still needed to pass his physical before signing. The agreement has now been made official, suggesting Brown was able to pass his physical following arthroscopic knee surgery. He's expected to be recovered in 2-3 weeks.
May 25, 2021 7:07 AM EST
Brown underwent a knee procedure Tuesday and is facing a 3-to-4 week timetable for recovery that should allow him to be ready for training camp, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brown's procedure was apparently due to some discomfort, but it doesn't appear to be an issue in regards to his status for the upcoming campaign. Barring a setback of some kind, Brown should sign a one-year contract with the Buccaneers once he passes a physical. The veteran is coming off of a campaign with Tampa Bay in which he racked up 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns over eight regular-season games.
May 19, 2021 11:06 AM EST
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Brown is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery next week, and the wideout won't formally re-sign with Tampa Bay until he can pass a physical, Matt Matera of ThePewterReport.com reports. "Hopefully we'll have a scope on Tuesday, [Brown is] getting his knee cleaned out, and everything will work out fine," Arians said. "It's just a matter of a physical."
Analysis: Brown's knee injury prevented him from playing in the Buccaneers' win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, but he was back in action two weeks later for the Super Bowl, finishing the victory with five receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown. Despite Brown's problematic track record off the field in recent years, Arians noted that the receiver was a model citizen during his time in Tampa Bay last season. Arians doesn't seem concerned about Brown eventually putting pen to a paper on a one-year deal, assuming the 32-year-old's knee scope goes according to plan.
May 19, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Brown is signing a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Brown was unsigned for more than a month before deciding to re-up with the Bucs. He'll be 33 when the season begins, following a 2020 campaign with a 45/483/4 receiving line in eight games. Brown was productive for the Bucs in December, but a quiet postseason combined with the long history of off-field issues likely limited the number of teams that had interest in signing him. He'll again be the No. 3 receiver in Tampa, behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, while Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson figure to compete for depth roles.
Apr 28, 2021 6:21 AM EST
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.
Apr 1, 2021 7:24 AM EST
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.
Feb 7, 2021 8:29 PM EST
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.
Feb 7, 2021 2:03 PM EST
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.
Feb 5, 2021 10:52 AM EST
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.
Feb 4, 2021 1:12 PM EST
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.
Feb 3, 2021 1:21 PM EST
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.
Feb 3, 2021 9:55 AM EST
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.
Feb 1, 2021 11:07 AM EST
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.
Jan 29, 2021 1:33 PM EST
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.
Jan 29, 2021 8:35 AM EST
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.
Jan 28, 2021 8:53 AM EST
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).
Jan 27, 2021 1:22 PM EST
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.
Jan 27, 2021 11:11 AM EST
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.
Jan 25, 2021 6:24 AM EST
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.
Jan 22, 2021 9:28 AM EST
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