Mar 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown reacts to fans after the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the LA Clippers at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown says no ankle surgery until he has a deal

Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown says he won’t undergo the ankle surgery he needs until he finds an NFL home.

Brown, who will be 34 in July, caught 42 passes in seven games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I need to get my ankle fixed, but I just want to make sure I got an obligation or a commitment from a team,” he told TMZ Sports. “It’s a lot for a guy to go do surgery without an idea of where you gonna work, or who you going to work for.”

The last time potential NFL employers saw Brown, the controversial wideout was removing his pads and jersey in the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 17 win against the New York Jets.

A few days later the Buccaneers released Brown, who later claimed the team forced him to play hurt and covered up facts related to his injury. Then-head coach Bruce Arians denied the allegations.

“I’m a player first,” Brown told TMZ Sports. “I couldn’t even be in this position without being a football player. So I never want to take that for granted. I would love to continue my career. I got a lot of game left in me.”

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Brown has 928 catches for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns in 146 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Bucs.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to pass the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts undergoing ankle surgery

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is having surgery on his ankle Wednesday, NFL Network and Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia reported.

The procedure is considered minor and Hurts is expected to be recovered in time for the start of OTAs this spring, per the reports.

Hurts, 23, suffered the injury in the Eagles’ Week 12 loss to the New York Giants on Nov. 28. He missed the following week’s game, with Gardner Minshew getting the start in his place.

Hurts completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 15 starts, his first full season as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. He also led the team in rushing (784 yards) to go with 10 rushing touchdowns. Hurts also sat out Week 18 against Dallas to rest ahead of the Eagles’ wild-card game, a 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Eagles are fully behind Hurts as their starter in 2022.

–Field Level Media