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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians drops truth bomb on Antonio Brown’s status ahead of Week 12

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Antonio Brown hasn’t played since Week 6, but based on head coach Bruce Arians’ latest update, it appears he is getting close to returning.

Brown has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month, failing to join the Buccaneers’ practices as he recovers from the ankle issue. While it seems he won’t be ready in time for their Week 12 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Arians noted that Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons is a real possibility:

“He’s moving around a lot better. He’s able to put more weight on the heel and bounce around on it some. We’ve got our fingers crossed …” Arians said, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Obviously, Bruce Arians did not rule out the possibility of Antonio Brown suiting up against the Colts this upcoming Sunday game in Indiana, but by the looks of it, they are erring on the side of caution and aiming to give the veteran wideout more time before putting him into action.

It’s certainly a sensible move not to rush Brown, especially since he has been out for quite some time. Given that his problem is his ankle, it is best to assure that he’s really at 100 percent before being deployed.

The Buccaneers could really use Brown’s help after going 3-2 in their last five games (they’re 7-3 overall). His presence gives Tom Brady another weapon capable of dominating defenses, which is why he’s a critical part of their attack.

However, fans and the rest of the Buccaneers will have to be patient for a little bit more to get a glimpse of AB once again.