TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t have wide recipient Antonio Brown for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at the Green Bay Packers, mentor Bruce Arians reported Friday.
“I just conversed with him today, and to put him on the plane and fly up there and have it swell more doesn’t bode well,” Arians said. “He wasn’t as close as we’d trusted, so we’ll prepare him for the following one.”
Earthy colored endured a knee injury in the divisional season finisher game at the New Orleans Saints and played just 27 snaps. He didn’t rehearse this week.
Arians had portrayed him as “everyday,” except Brown couldn’t advance rapidly enough in his recuperating.
The previous All-Pro driven the Buccaneers in accepting focuses on the last five weeks of the normal season and had a 36-yard score get in their trump card prevail upon Washington. Earthy colored additionally has experience playing in two association title games and a Super Bowl, something few different players on this program have outside of Tom Brady.
“It clearly sucks for Antonio. We wish he could be out there with us,” Brady said. “Different folks are going to need to venture up and do the work. I have a ton of trust in the folks that haven’t been out there as much when AB’s been in there.”
Arians said he trusts Scotty Miller and newbie Tyler Johnson will have the option to venture up. Johnson made a key third-down catch for 15 yards against the Saints. Mill operator had only one catch for 29 yards against New Orleans, yet he has been forced to bear a portion of Brady’s best profound pass plays this season – a 33-yard score get against the Las Vegas Raiders and a 48-yard score against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I think on the off chance that you simply hope to a week ago, when Scotty and Tyler made those colossal plays in the final quarter, the measure of trust that the mentors and Tom have in those folks since they’ve acquired it. Their exhibitions have procured it,” Arians said. “Antonio will be remembered fondly, yet we have skilled individuals stepping in.”
The Buccaneers are set to get guarded tackle Vita Vea back against the Packers, as he is being actuated off harmed save in front of Sunday’s down. Vea got back to rehearse this week unexpectedly since breaking his lower leg in Week 5.
“He’s looked genuine acceptable. He’s been going around for just about three weeks and had a genuine decent practice yesterday and a decent one today,” Arians said.
In a connected move to Vea’s initiation, the Buccaneers deferred monitor Earl Watford.