Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown’s status for NFC Championship Game vs. Packers after knee MRI
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to deal with uncertainty regarding the knee injury of wide receiver Antonio Brown after their divisional game against the New Orleans Saints. He reportedly did not sustain a serious injury based on his MRI result and is considered day-to-day leading up to the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, per NFL‘s Ian Rapoport.
#Bucs WR Antonio Brown, who injured his knee and underwent an MRI following the game, did not suffer a serious injury, sources say. He’s considered day-to-day in preparation for the NFC Title Game vs the #Packers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2021
In the divisional round tilt against the Saints, Brown reportedly tweaked his knee in the second half. He occasionally had to sit out snaps and remain on the sidelines due to the pain in his knee. He went on to finish the game but was only limited to record 10 yards on a lone catch from quarterback Tom Brady.
Nonetheless, his teammates still managed to step up for the team with running back Leonard Fournette contributing 44 receiving yards on five receptions and a touchdown. Wide receiver Mike Evans also added three yards on a single catch for a score in the endzone.
With a collaborative effort on both ends of the field, the Buccaneers snagged the 30-20 victory to punch their ticket to the NFC Championship Game. His potential absence could give more snaps to backup wide receivers Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson to play behind the starting combination of Evans and Chris Godwin.
Antonio Brown has already gained momentum in their previous games and should emerge as an integral piece of the team’s offense, in the event that he will be permitted to suit up against the Green Bay Packers. The Buccaneers will certainly need his presence on the field if they want to emerge victorious against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.