Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown is a game-time decision for the NFC Championship Game vs. the Packers
Brown sustained a knee injury during the team’s win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend. Although an MRI said the former All-Pro avoided a serious setback, it appears the Bucs will wait until Sunday before making a determination.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday Brown will go if he feels healthy, adding AB does not need to register a practice in order to play:
“He’s a veteran, he knows what he’s doing,” Arians said of Brown, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Tampa Bay has worked hard to find ways of involving Brown in the game plan.
Brown joined the Bucs ahead of the Bucs’ Week 9 thrashing at the hand of the Saints. His target share has mostly been all over the map, though Brown has asserted himself as a legitimate red zone threat over the course of the last few games.
The 32-year-old four receiving touchdowns in the final three games of the regular season, including two against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17. Brown then had a 36-yard receiving touchdown in Tampa Bay’s Wild Card victory over the Washington Football Team, also hitting on a 22-yard rush.
Tom Brady could use all of his weapons at his disposal as the Buccaneers take on a high-scoring Packers team that also features a talented secondary. Brown’s ability to get over the top would also demand more attention from Darnell Savage Jr., possibly allowing Tampa Bay’s other receivers to exploit individual matchups.
However, Brown’s status likely will remain a question mark until Sunday.