Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for the NFC Championship matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Brown had been questionable all week and held to limited practice due to a knee injury.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Friday afternoon.
#Bucs coach Bruce Arians declares WR Antonio Brown out for Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2021
Brown has been lauded and maligned during his NFL tenure. He began his career with a Super Bowl appearance with the Steelers, but the Rodgers-led Packers would go on to win it all. After leaving Pittsburgh due to a litany of issues, including clashing with Ben Roethlisberger, he wound up with the Raiders.
The Raiders would cut him after sitting out, citing “issues” with his helmet, followed by a verbal altercation with General Manager Mike Mayock. Tom Brady lobbied for Brown to join the Patriots shortly after his release. He played one game in New England, scored one touchdown and was then cut yet again.
Brown caused even more controversy during his time off from the NFL, but being deemed eligible for reinstatement, Brady insisted he join his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His time with the Buccaneers has been drama-free and productive for both parties.
Unfortunately, he will not have the ability to play on Championship Weekend for the first time since his rookie season, as a nagging knee injury will render him unable.
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