Bucs’ Rule Out Antonio Brown for Sunday and Activate Lineman Vita Vea
January 22Michael ArinzeSportsGrid
The Buccaneers are making some changes to their 53-man roster for the NFC Conference Championship game against the Packers.
Antonio Brown has been ruled out with a knee injury after being unable to participate in practice this week. Brown underwent an MRI on Monday, but no structural damage was revealed. There was a chance that he could play without practicing, but it appears his status hasn’t been able to improve enough to warrant a roster spot for Sunday.
Look for the Buccaneers to rotate in second-year wide receiver Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson to try to fill the void. Each player came up with a key play during last week’s game against the Saints, but they only had three targets among them. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are likely to continue to get the bulk of the targets as both players are averaging eight targets per game this postseason.
On a more positive note, the Bucs’ will activate defensive lineman Vita Vea from IR and have him available for Sunday.
For the first time, Vea practiced with the team this week since suffering a fractured ankle in Week 5.
Before his injury, Vea was the number three ranked inside lineman according to Pro Football Focus. The Buccaneers will welcome any help to slow down a Packers offense led by Aaron Rodgers.
FanDuel currently lists Green Bay as a three-point favorite against the Buccaneers.
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