Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

No timetable for WR Antonio Brown’s (ankle) return

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown made an appearance at practice Wednesday on a crutch and coach Bruce Arians said there is no timetable for his return from an ankle sprain.

Arians said the sprain is near Brown’s heel. He was asked if Brown might be able to return after the team’s bye in Week 9.

“Could be after the bye (Nov. 14) or could be a long time,” Arians said. “It’s wait and see.”

However, tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field in pads amid reports he’ll be ready to play this Sunday. Gronkowski has missed the past four weeks with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. He has 16 catches for 184 yards and four TDs.

Brown missed last Sunday’s game against Chicago after sustaining the injury during the Buccaneers’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14.

Brown has 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

Also back at practice Wednesday were linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and Richard Sherman (hamstring). The pair also missed last week’s game.

The Bucs (6-1) play at New Orleans (4-2) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) makes a reception past Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (ankle) sits out practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was held out of Wednesday’s practice because of a sprained ankle, coach Bruce Arians announced.

Brown sustained the injury during the Buccaneers’ 28-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

Brown had team-high totals in catches (nine) and receiving yards (93) to go along with a touchdown in that game. He has 29 receptions for 418 yards and a team high-tying four touchdown catches in five games this season.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also has four touchdown receptions, did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. He has missed the last three games with injured ribs.

Linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) did not practice after sustaining injuries against the Eagles. Tight end O.J. Howard and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul were also out of practice on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers (5-1) host the Chicago Bears (3-3) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) and center Matt Hennessy (61) celebrate after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets during an NFL International Series aame at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Falcons defeated the Jets 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown, Matt Ryan reach milestones on Sunday

Veterans Antonio Brown and Matt Ryan achieved a pair of career milestones on Sunday.

In his second season with the Buccaneers, Brown caught a 10-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s game against the Miami Dolphins for his 900th career catch. The reception came in his 143rd career game, besting Pro Football Hall of Fame member Marvin Harrison, who previously held the mark for fastest-to-900 catches.

Harrison needed 149 games to catch 900 passes. A three-time All-Pro, Harrison spent 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Brown, 33, also caught two touchdown passes in the first half.

In London, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards in a 27-20 win over the New York Jets. He surpassed Eli Manning for eighth place on the all-time NFL passing yards list.

Ryan, 36, entered the game 266 yards shy of Manning’s mark of 57,023 yards. Next in his sight is No. 7 Dan Marino, who threw for 61,361 yards with the Dolphins.

In his past three games, Ryan has thrown for 868 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs WR Antonio Brown out vs. Rams

Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, will miss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers road game with the Los Angeles Rams, ESPN reported on Saturday.

Per the report, Brown is not traveling with the team to Los Angeles.

Brown needed to be asymptomatic and return two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play Sunday against the Rams (2-0).

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the team has options should Brown be unable to play due to COVID-19.

“With A.B. we’ve got plenty of good guys that have proven track records at that position,” Arians said.

Brown, 33, has six receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets in two games this season for the Bucs (2-0). Hehad five catches for 121 yards and a score in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) loses his helmet as he makes a catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs put WR Antonio Brown on COVID-19 list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put wide receiver Antonio Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

Brown will need to be asymptomatic and return two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play in the team’s Week 3 game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Brown is fully vaccinated, given coach Bruce Arians’ proclamation earlier this month that the team hit the 100 percent threshold for vaccines.

Brown has six receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets in two games this season. He started the season opener against Dallas and had five catches for 121 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) fights with Tennessee Titans defensive back Chris Jackson (35) during a joint training camp practice at AdventHealth Training Center Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.

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Antonio Brown ejected from Buccaneers practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown made headlines Thursday for getting tossed from practice after an altercation with Tennessee Titans defensive back Chris Jackson, according to multiple outlets.

During the joint practice, Brown ripped off Jackson’s helmet, engaged in a shouting match, and as photographs that emerged later in the day revealed, even connected a closed fist with Jackson’s jaw.

All told, the two teams got into four different skirmishes, per reporting from the Nashville Tennessean.

Brown has earned a reputation for troubling off-field incidents and prestigious on-field accomplishments. Brown alienated Oakland Raiders leadership in the summer of 2019 by freezing his feet in a cryotherapy machine, complaining about his helmet, and airing dirty laundry between himself and GM Mike Mayock.

The 10-year veteran starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-18, earning seven Pro Bowl nods and scoring 74 touchdowns through the air.

The 33-year-old joined the New England Patriots briefly in 2019 after his Raiders stint before landing in Tampa Bay to rejoin Tom Brady in 2020. He totaled 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns last fall.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) poses for a photograph at a private event for players, family, and friends at Port Tampa Bay during the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade to celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown passes physical, makes Bucs deal official

Wide receiver Antonio Brown passed his physical Tuesday morning and officially signed on for a second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The exam had been delayed by Brown’s recent knee surgery.

Brown agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million with the Buccaneers last month, but the deal had been on hold until he passed his physical.

Brown, 32, played in eight games for the Bucs during the 2020 regular season, catching 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns. A knee injury in the playoffs kept him out of the NFC Championship Game, but he returned to catch five passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

For his career, Brown has 886 catches for 11,746 yards and 79 touchdowns over 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Buccaneers.

A lawsuit was filed against Brown last week related to an altercation with a moving truck driver in January 2020.

He recently settled a civil suit with his former trainer, Brittany Taylor, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2017 and 2018.

Also Tuesday, the Bucs added cornerback Dee Delaney, who has been out of the league since March 2020 after being released by Washington. The 5-11, 200-pound Delaney played just three defensive snaps and 11 special teams snaps for WFT in one game in 2019. The 26-year-old entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018 and appeared in two games for them that season. He also spent time with the Jets and Dolphins that did not include any regular-season action.

Tampa Bay held its first organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday without most veteran players, including quarterback Tom Brady. On Monday, Brady reportedly worked out with teammates across the street from the Bucs facilities at the New York Yankees’ baseball complex.

Following Tuesday’s session, coach Bruce Arians reportedly told the Tampa Bay Times he’d prefer to see his players on team grounds: “Last year was so different because of the pandemic,” he said. “This year they can be here. Like I said, they wouldn’t be practicing but they could be working on this field. I’d love to see them all out here together.”

Arians said earlier in the offseason that he was OK with players skipping the voluntary sessions, but on Tuesday added one caveat: “I talk to them every day about doing it for their own protection,” Arians said, according to ESPN.com.

Players injured while working out at the team facility would not risk having their contract guarantees voided, which could happen if they are injured off premises.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) poses for a photograph at a private event for players, family, and friends at Port Tampa Bay during the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade to celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers yet to re-sign Antonio Brown, awaiting physical

Head coach Bruce Arians reiterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to bring Antonio Brown back for a second season pending his physical.

The exam was delayed by Brown’s recent knee surgery, Arians told PewterReport.com.

“It’s just a matter of a physical,” Arians said. “We wanted AB back. He was a model citizen the whole time he’s been here. We wanted him back, and he’s never had surgery in his life, so it’s just a matter of getting the physical done. So yeah, I wanted him back the whole time.”

Brown could sign as soon as next week and has a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million on the table to return to the Buccaneers.

A lawsuit was filed against Brown last week related to an altercation with a moving truck driver in January 2020.

He recently settled a civil suit with his former trainer, Brittany Taylor, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2017 and 2018.

–Field Level Media