Antonio Brown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #84
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #84
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Antonio Brown News

Yet to undergo ankle surgery

Brown (ankle) said Thursday he hasn't yet undergone surgery to address his injury, and doesn't plan to do so unless a team signs him, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Brown's announcement presents yet another barrier to any potential return to the playing field, as his recovery process won't even begin until a team agrees to sign him. It had previously been stated that Brown was scheduled to undergo ankle surgery shortly after having been cut by the Buccaneers back in January. The 33-year-old said "I would love to continue my career," but also acknowledged he'd be content without logging another NFL appearance, per TMZ. When factoring both Brown's injury situation and the circumstances under which he parted ways with Tampa Bay, it seems possible he may not see another opportunity in the NFL, regardless of on-field ability.

Mar 31, 2022 7:08 AM EST


Officially cut loose

The Buccaneers announced Thursday that Brown's (ankle) contract has been terminated, effective immediately.

Analysis: Head coach Bruce Arians already told the media following Sunday's 28-24 win over Jets that Brown would be waived after he left the sideline midway through the game and tossed his uniform into the stands, but the Buccaneers waited four days to make the transaction official while discussing the situation with the NFL. In a statement released in conjunction with the transaction, the Buccaneers addressed claims from Brown's attorney alleging that the wideout was upset after he was asked to re-enter Sunday's game despite suffering from "broken bone fragments, ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss" in his left ankle. The statement indicates that Brown at no point during the game disclosed the injury, and the receiver has since refused to meet Tampa Bay's subsequent requests to be evaluated by an outside orthopedic specialist. Brown's attorney relayed that the 33-year-old is scheduled to undergo surgery to address the ankle injury, though it's unclear if that's still the plan now that he's been released.

Jan 6, 2022 9:35 AM EST



Slated for ankle surgery

Brown released a statement Wednesday via his attorney that the wide receiver is poised to undergo surgery on his ankle in the near future, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Brown went into detail in the lead up and aftermath of Sunday's incident with Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians in which he left the field without his jersey and shoulder pads. In particular, Brown felt he was unable to perform the football moves that he's accustomed to due to the ankle issue that's lingered for a good part of the campaign, and then was told to got off the sideline by Arians. As for the nature of Brown's injury, an MRI on Monday morning revealed "broken bone fragments stuck in my ankle, the ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss." He acknowledged that his season is over, but he's "looking forward" to returning to action in 2022. The Buccaneers have yet to waive Brown but will do so soon. Once that transaction is made, he'll focus on rehab with the anticipation of hitting unrestricted free agency on March 16.

Jan 5, 2022 6:20 PM EST


Departure being finalized

Coach Bruce Arians reiterated Wednesday that Brown is no longer considered part of the Buccaneers, saying the absence of an transaction is just a matter of the front office working on how to handle the situation officially, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Arians essentially shut the door on any sentiment that Brown might be able to rejoin the Bucs, though it's still possible other teams could be interested in signing the wideout for the playoffs once he's officially off Tampa's roster.

Jan 5, 2022 10:03 AM EST


Not yet waived

Tampa Bay didn't officially waive Brown on Monday as expected, as the team's brass is holding ongoing discussions with the NFL about how to move ahead with the situation, Jenna Laine and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com report.

Analysis: Both player and team still appear set to part ways after head coach Bruce Arians said following Sunday's come-from-behind win over the Jets that Brown is "no longer a Buc," but it could take a few more days before the wideout is formally released. Brown is set to end his time in Tampa Bay with 87 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns across 15 regular-season games, but his two-year stint with the team was marred to a lesser extent by injury and more so by a lengthy history of erratic behavior on and off the field. His latest misstep -- leaving the sideline and tossing his uniform into the stands in the middle of the Bucs' Week 17 win -- could make it difficult for Brown to find an opportunity elsewhere, even though he's remained productive in his age-33 season.

Jan 4, 2022 9:28 AM EST



Tenure in Tampa coming to close

Coach Bruce Arians said after Sunday's 28-24 road win against the Jets that Brown "is no longer a Buccaneer," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Brown's departure during the second half of Sunday's game, Arians' comment comes as no surprise. As TJ Rives of Buccaneers radio reported afterward, Brown was benched by Arians, and the wide receiver proceeded to take off his pads, toss a shirt into the stands and head to the locker room in the middle of the game. Brown's first full campaign in Tampa Bay included seven appearances and eight absences, with the final three DNPs the result of a suspension for misrepresenting his vaccination status. He'll hit free agency via waivers, likely by Monday at 4 p.m. ET, and it'll be surprising if another team comes calling considering Sunday's events.

Jan 2, 2022 1:27 PM EST


Suiting up Week 17

Brown (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Reports had surfaced late Saturday that Brown's outlook had improved after he was able to practice earlier in the day without any reported restrictions, and his availability for the interconference clash with the Jets is now confirmed. The veteran is coming off a 10-catch, 101-yard effort on 15 targets versus the Panthers in Week 16, but the return of Mike Evans (hamstring) to action Sunday after he missed the contest against Carolina could certainly eat into Brown's volume.

Jan 2, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Expected to play Sunday

Brown (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, practiced Saturday and barring a setback is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Brown tweaked his ankle in practice this week and didn't practice Thursday or Friday. Despite this optimistic report, check his status ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 1, 2022 10:57 PM EST


Misses practice, could play

Brown (ankle) didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Brown dealt with an ankle injury from mid-October until a few weeks ago, and it now appears he hurt the same ankle during Wednesday's practice. He was held out Thursday and Friday, with assistant coach Harold Goodwin suggesting Brown could be a game-time decision. Fellow wideout Mike Evans (hamstring) also is listed as questionable, after returning to practice Wednesday as a limited participant. Behind those two the Bucs have Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden (reserve/COVID-19) and Justin Watson (questionable/quad) as WR options for Week 17.

Dec 31, 2021 11:56 AM EST


Potential game-time decision

Buccaneers assistant coach Harold Goodwin said Brown tweaked his ankle in practice this week and could be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Jets, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It obviously isn't ideal that it's the same ankle Brown was bothered by from mid-October until a few weeks ago. However, he reportedly still has a shot to play this week, following a limited practice Wednesday and an absence Thursday. Meanwhile, Mike Evans (hamstring) is back from the reserve/COVID-19 list but also appears in danger of missing the upcoming game with an injury.

Dec 31, 2021 10:10 AM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Brown (ankle) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers haven't revealed whether Brown's absence from practice was maintenance-related or the result of a setback, so his activity at Friday's session will prove most telling with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Jets. Despite not upgrading beyond limited participation in practices a week ago, Brown returned from an eight-game absence due to the ankle injury and a suspension and immediately asserted himself as Tom Brady's favorite target in the Bucs' 32-6 win over the Panthers. Brown played 79 percent of the offensive snaps in the victory and collected 10 receptions for 101 yards on 15 targets. The 33-year-old will likely cede some targets once Mike Evans (hamstring) is cleared to play, but assuming his ankle issue isn't a concern, Brown should still see plenty of volume the rest of the way with Chris Godwin (knee) shut down for the season.

Dec 30, 2021 1:17 PM EST


Limited at practice Wednesday

Brown was limited at Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury.

Analysis: Brown wasn't worse for wear while playing through the issue this past Sunday in Carolina, ripping up the Panthers for 10 catches (on 15 targets) for 101 yards. The outing was his first since Week 6 due to the combination of the injury and a three-game suspension, but his significance in the offense was aided by an absent Chris Godwin (IR/knee) and Mike Evans (hamstring). Evans proceeded to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, making him an even bigger question mark for Sunday's road game against the Jets. In any case, Brown is the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver on the Bucs' active roster due to his relative health.

Dec 29, 2021 1:30 PM EST


Big splash in return

Brown brought in 10 of 15 targets for 101 yards in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: With Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (IR-knee) and Leonard Fournette (IR-hamstring) all unavailable, Brown unsurprisingly became the primary focus of Tom Brady's attention Sunday and responded with a fruitful fantasy effort. The game marked Brown's first taste of action since Week 6, and to his credit, the mercurial wideout didn't look like he'd missed a beat against what had been a stingy Panthers secondary. Despite the extremely heavy workload Sunday, Brown's massive target volume could certainly take a hit in Week 17 on the road against the Jets if Evans is able to make it back for that contest.

Dec 26, 2021 2:44 PM EST


Cleared for first game since Week 6

Brown (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: After he was reinstated to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster Monday following the conclusion of his three-game suspension, Brown was a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday as he eased himself back in from a sprained ankle, which sidelined him for six weeks prior to being handed the suspension. Despite Brown's lack of full activity, Tampa Bay is apparently comfortable with his health heading into the weekend, and he'll likely slide back into a prominent role in the passing attack right off the bat. With Mike Evans (hamstring) ruled out for the contest and Chris Godwin (knee) on season-ending injured reserve, look for Brown to serve as Tom Brady's clear No. 1 receiver, making the 33-year-old a strong lineup option in the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 24, 2021 10:15 AM EST


Another limited showing

Brown (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Brown returned to the Buccaneers earlier this week after serving a three-game suspension with his preexisting ankle issue still hindering him. He managed back-to-back limited listings on the team's first two Week 16 practice reports, but coach Bruce Arians mentioned Wednesday that Brown's ankle is "fine," and the wide receiver appeared to be back to pre-injury form, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. With Chris Godwin (knee) on injured reserve and Mike Evans (hamstring) also compromised on the health front, Brown could be in line for a hefty workload Sunday at Carolina, assuming he puts his own concern behind him.

Dec 23, 2021 12:56 PM EST


Listed as LP

Brown (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate after the Bucs held a walkthrough session, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown returned from suspension Monday and appears on track to play in Sunday's game against Carolina, with coach Bruce Arians saying Wednesday that the wideout's ankle is fine and he looks the same as he did before the injury. The Bucs are still listing Brown on the injury report, of course, but it's possible he graduates by the end of the week, at which point he could be the team's top WR with Chris Godwin (knee) out for the year and Mike Evans (hamstring) potentially missing time as well.

Dec 22, 2021 12:20 PM EST


Looking healthy

Coach Bruce Arians said Brown's ankle looks healthy, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown had his suspension lifted Monday, and while he didn't participate in the open portion of Wednesday's practice, it sounds like he managed some kind of physical activity. Arians said Brown looked like his pre-injury self, likely setting up a return for Sunday's game against Carolina. Given the long layoff -- he's either been injured or suspended for nearly two months -- it is possible Brown's on a snap count even with Chris Godwin (knee) and likely Mike Evans (hamstring) unavailable. It remains to be seen if/how the Bucs list Brown on their injury report this week.

Dec 22, 2021 9:54 AM EST


Not practicing yet

Brown (ankle) didn't participate in the open portion of Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Brown's suspension was lifted Monday, but he may still be working his way back into shape after dealing with an ankle injury the past couple months. Greg Auman of The Athletic tentatively expects Brown to play this Sunday against the Panthers, though it's hard to get a good read on the situation so early in the week. Chris Godwin (torn ACL) is done for the year, and Mike Evans (hamstring) also appears to be sidelined Wednesday.

Dec 22, 2021 8:56 AM EST


Suspension lifted

Brown's (ankle) suspension was lifted Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: After sitting out three games due to violating the joint NFL and NFLPA COVID-19 protocols for misrepresenting his vaccination status, Brown is back with the Buccaneers. The occasion is somewhat fortuitous for the team after Chris Godwin was diagnosed with a torn ACL following Sunday's loss to the Saints. At the same time, Mike Evans hurt his hamstring in that contest, and Breshad Perriman (undisclosed) is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Questions surround Brown's own health, as he missed five games prior to the ban due to a sprained ankle. Not only will he need to prove he's past the issue, his conditioning could be less than 100 percent considering he hasn't taken part in practice in more than two months.

Dec 20, 2021 9:03 PM EST


Set to rejoin team Monday

Brown (ankle) is expected to rejoin the Buccaneers on Monday after his three-game suspension concludes after Sunday's contest against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After both Brown and safety Mike Edwards were suspended three games earlier this month for violating the joint NFL and NFLPA COVID-19 protocols for misrepresenting their vaccination statuses, head coach Bruce Arians was non-committal on either player's future with the organization. Arians told reporters Friday that he planned to make an announcement on the matter following Sunday's contest, but all indications are that both Brown and Edwards will be back at the Bucs' facility as the team begins preparing for a Week 16 matchup with the Panthers. Before he was suspended, Brown missed five consecutive games with a sprained ankle, so he'll still need to prove in practice that he's back at full speed before making his return to the lineup in Carolina.

Dec 19, 2021 5:58 AM EST


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