When the Buccaneers face the Rams on the road Sunday, Tom Brady will be without one of his primary targets as he tries to keep his team unbeaten.
Antonio Brown was unable to go to Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
Bucs’ WR Antonio Brown did not make the trip to Los Angeles and is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2021
Brown tested positive for the first time on Wednesday. His ability to participate this weekend was contingent on two negative tests taking place 24 hours apart. He won’t be able to play on Sunday since it didn’t happen.
Since joining the Buccaneers last October, Brown, 33, has developed into a reliable secondary receiving option in Tampa Bay behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.
He recorded six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in both of the team’s first two games (one start) this season. Last season, he had 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games with Tampa Bay.
He signed with the Bucs just a week after being reinstated from an NFL ban for breaching the league’s personal conduct policy.
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The Fantasy Source crew at SN believes that tight end In Brown’s absence, Cameron Brate or wide outs Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller will most likely be the “next man up.”
Through the first two games, Brate has only one catch for 8 yards. Johnson has one 5-yard reception. According to Pro Football Reference, Miller, Tampa Bay’s No. 3 receiver last season, has no catches or targets in 2021 and has only played 20 snaps overall.
Brown established himself as one of the league’s greatest receivers during his time with the Steelers, earning seven Pro Bowl and four All-Pro selections. He had two seasons in which he led the NFL in receiving yards.
Tampa Bay (2-0) leads the NFL in scoring with 79 points. A win versus the Rams would tie them for first position in the NFC South with the 3-0 Panthers.