TAMPA, Florida – Buccaneers from Tampa Bay will not have a broad successor Antonio Brown for Sunday’s game of the NFC championship in the Green Bay Packers, announced the coach Bruce Arians on Friday.
“I just talked to him this morning and it won’t make sense to get him on a plane and fly up there and swell up,” Arians said. “He wasn’t as close as we had hoped, so we’ll prepare him for the next one.”
Brown suffered a knee injury in the division play-offs for the New Orleans Saints and played just 27 clicks. He didn’t train this week.
Arian had described it as “day to day,” but Brown failed to make rapid progress in his healing.
The former All-Pro led the Buccaneers in getting goals in the last five weeks of the regular season and had a 36-yard touchdown catch in his wild card victory over Washington. Brown also has experience playing in two league games and the Super Bowl, something few other players have on that list outside of Tom Brady.
Arians said he believes Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson will be able to step up. Johnson made a key catch from third place for 15 yards against the Saints. Miller had a 29-yard catch against New Orleans, but he was at the end of some of Brady’s best plays this season – a 33-yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders and a 48-yard touchdown against the Vikings of Minnesota.
“I think if you just look at last week, when Scotty and Tyler did these huge plays in the fourth quarter, the amount of confidence that the coaches and Tom have in these guys just because they won it. Their performances won it, “Arians said.” Antonio will be missing, but we have capable people who intervene. “
Arians said Vita Vea’s defensive play is possible to play after returning to training this week for the first time since a fracture of his ankle in week 5.
“He looked very good. He ran for almost three weeks and had a really good practice yesterday and a good one today,” said Arians. “We haven’t made that decision yet, but we’ll see if we want to activate it or not. There’s a chance.”