Antonio Brown, Tom Brady
Dec 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) before the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Bucs HC Bruce Arians decides keeping Antonio Brown is ‘best’ for Tampa Bay

Bucs star wide receiver Antonio Brown received league punishment again after using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

Brown’s actions jeopardized his future with the Buccaneers as it marked another questionable off-the-field decision. It put head coach Bruce Arians’ previous comments about the former Pro Bowler having no room for mistakes to remain on the team.


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However, it appears that Brown’s stint will at least extend through the rest of the 2021 season due to notable injuries at the wide receiver position. Chris Godwin is out for the rest of the year due to a torn ACL. Meanwhile Mike Evans will miss time due to a hamstring strain.

Arians voiced that his stance has changed due to the Buccaneers’ recent injuries.

“Well, the history has changed since that statement,” Arians said via ESPN. “A lot of things went on last year that I was very proud of him. And I made a decision that was best for our football team.”

Arians’ remarks lay out that Brown would have already played his last game with the Bucs had the circumstance been different. His presence is needed to keep the passing game afloat while Evans is out while he can fill the void left by Godwin’s absence.

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Brown isn’t the player he once was, but he’s built strong chemistry with Tom Brady to put forth strong outings. The Buccaneers need him to play a significant factor in the passing game. His performance over the remainder of the season will determine his future in Tampa Bay.

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