Tampa Bay, Fla.-Coach Bruce Arians announced on Friday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not have forgiving receiver Antonio Brown to participate in the NFC Championship game on Sunday at the Green Bay Packers.
Arians said: “I only talked to him this morning. It doesn’t make any sense to put him on the plane and let it inflate more.” “He is not as close as we hoped, so we will let him be Get ready for the next one.”
Brown injured his knee in the playoffs for the New Orleans Saints and only played 27 times. He did not practice this week.
Arians described him as “every day”, but Brown didn’t progress fast enough in his recovery.
The former all-professional player led the Buccaneers to accept goals in the final five weeks of the regular season and scored a 36-yard touchdown in a game that defeated Washington in the wild. Brown has also participated in two league championship games and a Super Bowl game, and few other players besides Tom Brady.
Brady said: “It’s obviously bad for Antonio. We hope he can be with us.” “Others will have to work harder. I have full confidence in those who have not stayed in AB.”
Arians said that he believes Scotty Miller and rookie Taylor Johnson will be able to step up their efforts. Johnson scored a key three-pointer 15-yard pass against the Saints. Miller had 29 yards of turnovers against New Orleans, but he has been Brady’s best deep pass receiver of the season, reaching 33 yards of touchdowns against the Las Vegas Raiders. , It reached 48 yards against New Orleans. Minnesota Vikings.
“I think if you think back to last week, when Scotty and Taylor had such a great performance in the fourth quarter, the coach and Tom trust them only because they have won. Their performance has won them. “, Arians said. “Antonio will be missed, but our capable people step in.”
Arians said that defensive tackle Vita Vea may play for the first time after resuming practice this week since he sprained his ankle in week 5.
“He looks really good. He has been running for nearly three weeks. He did a good job yesterday, and he did a good job today,” Arians said. “We haven’t made a decision yet, but we will see if we want to activate him. There is a chance.”