TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, just four days before the team plays a key road game against the Los Angeles Rams.
For Brown to be eligible to play Sunday, since he is vaccinated, he must remain asymptotic and have two negative tests 24 hours apart. Brown is the third Bucs player dealing with COVID-19 issues along with linebacker Kevin Minter and practice squad receiver Travis Jonsen.
“Kevin and AB are both on the COVID list,” Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians said. “With AB, we have plenty of good guys with proven track records at that position. Kevin will be missed with special teams. We have some young guys ready to roll.”
The Bucs and Rams are heavyweights in the NFC at 2-0. This is one of those games where you want all of your key players healthy.
“There are games that definitely feel more important even though each is just a single game,” Bucs’ tight end Rob Gronkowski said. “There are games that feel more important, and this is one of those games.”
Brown has six catches for 138 yards and one touchdown so far this season. Arians is not expecting to have Brown Sunday, but if he does, Arians said it would be “gravy.”
The Bucs-Rams game is set for 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.