Brown (ankle) has been suspended three games without pay for violating the joint NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per an NFL release, Brown and two other players "misrepresented their vaccination stats under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols." He'll thus sit out the next three games and won't be eligible to play again until Sunday, Dec. 26 at Carolina. Brown already had missed the Bucs' last five contests due to an ankle injury and was poised to miss more time, so he may be able to complete his recovery while he's away from the team.
Dec 2, 2021 1:13 PM EST
Brown (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Brown is unlikely to practice in any fashion this week after Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians admitted Wednesday that the seven-time Pro Bowler is "doubtful" for Sunday's contest against the Falcons. The game in Atlanta would mark the sixth straight absence over a seven-week stretch for Brown, who was initially projected to be sidelined six weeks due to his ankle sprain. According to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, Arians acknowledged that Brown is contending with a heel issue in addition to the ankle sprain, which has resulted in a longer recovery timeline than expected. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Buccaneers are now expecting Brown to be sidelined for two more weeks, making the team's Week 15 game against the Saints on Dec. 19 the new target date for his return to the lineup.
Dec 2, 2021 8:47 AM EST
Brown (ankle) is expected to miss at least two more games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians was hoping for a return this Sunday against the Falcons, but with Brown still unable to practice, it now seems he'll miss the upcoming game and then a Week 14 matchup with Buffalo. The Bucs haven't officially ruled Brown out for Week 13, but coach Bruce Arians did call the wideout "doubtful" earlier Wednesday, a couple hours prior to this latest report that Brown will miss at least two more games, per Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
Dec 1, 2021 12:35 PM EST
Brown (ankle) isn't at practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's been exactly a week since coach Bruce Arians said he hoped to have Brown back in the lineup for the upcoming Week 13 matchup with Atlanta this Sunday. Another missed practice suggests Brown isn't on track to return, though he'll still have two more chances to get in some work before Sunday. Fill-in No. 3 receiver Tyler Johnson has averaged only 23.0 receiving yards with Brown out the past five games, perhaps opening the door for Scotty Miller to handle a larger role if Brown does indeed miss more time. Miller returned from IR for last week's win over Indianapolis, playing a mere four snaps on offense in his first appearance since Week 3.
Dec 1, 2021 8:26 AM EST
Brown (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians revealed Friday that Brown will be the Bucs' only player with an 'out' designation on the final injury report, though there's also been some level of concern about three of the team's top players (WR Mike Evans, LB Devin White, DT Vita Vea). For Brown, this will be a fifth straight absence, with either Tyler Johnson or Scotty Miller (activated from IR on Tuesday) likely to fill in as the No. 3 receiver. Johnson handled the role the past four weeks with both Brown and Miller out, averaging 2.8 catches for 26.5 yards on 4.0 targets,
Nov 26, 2021 9:27 AM EST
Brown (ankle) isn't present for the open portion of Thursday's practice and is expected to be listed as a non-participant on Tampa Bay's official report, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Brown's ongoing absence from practice isn't a surprise, especially after head coach Bruce Arians told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network on Wednesday that the Buccaneers are targeting their Week 13 game in Atlanta for the seven-time Pro Bowler's return to the lineup. While that won't preclude Brown from potentially getting back on the practice field in some capacity Friday, Tampa Bay will more than likely rule him out for Sunday's game in Indianapolis before the weekend arrives. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Mike Evans (back) missed his second straight practice Thursday, but he appears to have a more realistic chance than Brown of playing against the Colts.
Nov 25, 2021 8:47 AM EST
Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he's eyeing the Buccaneers' Week 13 game against the Falcons for Brown's (ankle) potential return to the lineup, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. "[Brown is] moving around a lot better," Arians said. "He's able to put more weight on the heel [of his injured ankle] and bounce around on it some. We've got our fingers crossed."
Analysis: Arians didn't definitively rule Brown out for the Buccaneers' upcoming game Sunday in Indianapolis, but the coach made it apparent that the wideout is trending toward a fifth straight absence after he was listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the team's initial Week 12 practice report. Barring a dramatic step forward in his on-field work the next two days, Brown will likely be officially ruled out for Sunday's contest on Friday, but on a more fortunate note, the seven-time Pro Bowler looks on pace to return for the stretch run of the regular season. Tyler Johnson has served as Tampa Bay's primary No. 3 receiver while Brown has been sidelined, but he may face more competition for reps this weekend after Scotty Miller (toe) was reinstated from injured reserve Tuesday.
Nov 24, 2021 8:25 PM EST
Brown (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: The Buccaneers merely held a walkthrough after playing Monday night, but Brown will be listed as a non-participant yet again. He'll have two more chances to return to practice before Sunday's game against the Colts, or else it'll be a fifth consecutive absence. Tyler Johnson has filled in as the No. 3 receiver with 64-73 percent of offensive snaps in each of the past four games, but he's caught only 11 passes for 106 yards (26.5 YPG) on 16 targets in that time, while Brown has two games this season with more than 106 yards (in only five tries).
Nov 24, 2021 9:56 AM EST
Brown (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's contest against the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the veteran wide receiver would miss his fourth straight game after injuring his ankle all the way back in mid October. Arians hinted a "number" of players would be listed as game-time decisions entering Monday's contest which could be in reference to Chris Godwin (foot) and also possibly Scotty Miller (toe) who could be in line to be activated off injured reserve. Regardless, expect a heavy dose of Mike Evans in a game which figures to high scoring.
Nov 20, 2021 9:34 AM EST
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said Brown (ankle) won't participate in Friday's practice, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: After sitting out each of the Bucs' last three games plus a Week 9 bye due to the sprained ankle, Brown is no longer sporting a walking boot, but he has yet to rejoin his healthy teammates on the practice field. The seven-time Pro Bowler was able to work out on the side Thursday, but he'll likely need to be upgraded to at least limited participation in Saturday's practice just to take a questionable or doubtful tag into a Monday night matchup with the Giants. If Brown is ultimately sidelined for a fourth straight game, however, Tyler Johnson or Scotty Miller (toe) will likely serve as Tampa Bay's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (foot).
Nov 19, 2021 10:33 AM EST
Brown (ankle) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Though Brown wasn't able to upgrade to limited activity in the Bucs' first official Week 11 practice, the wideout at least appeared to show some tangible signs of improvement in his recovery from an ankle sprain while working off to the side during the open portion of Thursday's session. According to Kevin O'Donnell of Fox 13 Tampa Bay, Brown ran routes and caught passes from Tom Brady for about five minutes, then worked out with the aid of a JUGS machine before heading inside the Bucs' practice facility, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. Though that sort of activity provides some encouragement about his health, Brown still appears unlikely to put an end to his three-game absence Monday against the Giants. Josina Anderson of USA Today relays that the seven-time Pro Bowler still has "a long way to go" before playing, according to a league source familiar with Brown's injury situation.
Nov 18, 2021 1:36 PM EST
Brown (ankle) is out for Sunday's game in Washington, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A third straight absence leaves Tyler Johnson with another shot to step in as the No. 3 receiver, or perhaps even a shot at the No. 2 role if Chris Godwin (foot) isn't able to play. Godwin appears headed for a 'questionable' designation on the final injury report, while coach Bruce Arians left the door open for Scotty Miller (toe) to be activated from IR. It's not quite clear how it'll all shake out, but it is clear Brown will be out of the equation for at least one more game. He did ditch his walking boot this week, perhaps setting the stage for a return to practice next week ahead of a Monday night matchup with the Giants on Nov. 2..
Nov 12, 2021 9:26 AM EST
Brown (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Brown again got some work on a side field but was unable to mix into even individual drills. Meanwhile, Chris Godwin (foot) also missed a second straight session, leaving the Buccaneers with just three healthy wide receivers (Mike Evans, Tyler Johnson and Jaelon Darden) on the active roster. Friday's injury report could shed light on the state of the group as the Bucs prepare for Sunday's visit to Washington.
Nov 11, 2021 12:27 PM EST
Brown (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, but he is doing some side work with the training staff, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brown's absence comes as no surprise after coach Bruce Arians revealed Monday that the wideout was still using a walking boot. Another practice absence hints at Brown missing a third straight game Sunday against Washington, though he will have two more chances to get back on the practice field before the end of the week. Tyler Johnson filled in as the No. 3 receiver for the final two games before Tampa's Week 9 bye, catching seven of eight targets for 91 yards while playing 67 and 64 percent of snaps.
Nov 10, 2021 8:22 AM EST
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Brown (ankle) is still wearing a walking boot, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: The Buccaneers were optimistic that Brown would be able to return following their Week 9 bye, but his status appears to be in jeopardy since he's been unable to shed his boot. The 33-year-old's availability for Sunday's matchup against Washington should come into focus based on his participation in practice this week.
Nov 8, 2021 9:27 AM EST
Brown (ankle) remains out for Sunday's game against the Saints, but the Buccaneers are expected to have him available following their Week 9 bye, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Though the Buccaneers have attributed an ankle injury to Brown missing his second straight game this weekend, Rapoport relays that the wideout is also tending to foot and heel issues as well. With the benefit of an additional week to rest while Tampa Bay is on bye, Brown looks on track to be ready to go for the Bucs' Week 10 game at Washington on Nov. 14. With Scotty Miller (toe) also on injured reserve through the bye week, the Buccaneers will turn to Tyler Johnson to once again serve as their No. 3 receiver Sunday behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Oct 31, 2021 7:06 AM EST
Brown (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: While he waited until Friday to officially rule Brown out, coach Bruce Arians did discuss the injury Wednesday, saying that the 33-year-old wideout was facing an uncertain recovery timeline due to a sprain near his heel. With a bye right ahead in Week 9, the Bucs never figured to rush Brown back for Sunday's game. He'll instead aim for Week 10 against Washington or Week 11 against the Giants, presumably, while Tyler Johnson figures to fill in as the No. 3 receiver again this Sunday in New Orleans.
Oct 29, 2021 9:28 AM EST
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that isn't sure how long Brown (ankle) will be out, noting that the wide receiver is dealing with a tricky sprain near his heel, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: While he hasn't officially ruled Brown out for this weekend, Arians did acknowledge the potential for a long-term absence, and he didn't mention Brown's name Monday when he was asked which injured players might return for Sunday's game in New Orleans. Everything points to a second straight absence for the 33-year-old wideout, especially with a bye coming up for the Bucs in Week 9. They'll then face Washington in Week 10 and the Giants in Week 11, with Arians' recent comments suggesting Brown is no lock to be ready by then. Tyler Johnson filled in as Tampa's No. 3 receiver with 67 percent of snaps in the Week 7 rout of Chicago, but he was targeted just twice, and he could drop to No. 4 on the depth chart before Brown returns if Scotty Miller (IR/toe) makes it back first.
Oct 27, 2021 10:24 AM EST
Brown (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, instead observing the session while leaning on a crutch, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: If you're looking for cause for optimism, Brown reportedly has one crutch rather than two, suggesting he doesn't necessarily need them to move around. However, this is obviously a bad sign for his Week 8 availability, with the Bucs heading to New Orleans on Sunday after drubbing the Bears without Brown's help in Week 7. Tyler Johnson filled in as the No. 3 receiver against Chicago, catching both of his targets for 16 yards on 67 percent of snaps.
Oct 27, 2021 8:24 AM EST
Brown (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brown caught nine passes for 93 yards and a score against the Eagles last Thursday, but he hasn't practiced since and now will miss a game for the second time this season. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson shared the No. 3 WR role when Brown was on the reserve/COVID-19 list back in Week 3, but Miller is now on IR with a toe injury. So, it'll likely be Johnson in the No. 3 role this Sunday, backed by rookie Jaelon Darden and possibly Jaydon Mickens or Cyril Grayson from the practice squad. Coach Bruce Arians didn't comments on expectations for Brown beyond Sunday, though Arians did have hope earlier this week that the wideout might avoid an absence altogether. Tampa faces Washington in Week 8, before heading on bye in Week 9.
Oct 22, 2021 9:28 AM EST
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