Bucs' Antonio Brown Using Crutch, Has No Timeline for Return from Ankle Injury

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVOctober 27, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown in action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown was seen at practice Wednesday using a crutch and has no timetable to return from an ankle injury that cost him Week 7's win over the Chicago Bears.

Bucs coach Bruce Arians told reporters Brown's sprain is near his heel, and he could sit out even beyond the team's Week 9 bye.

Greg Auman @gregauman

Not a good sign for Antonio Brown, who has a crutch with him as he stands as an observer at practice. Missed Sunday with sprained ankle. <a href="https://t.co/6G1LfOM2eQ">pic.twitter.com/6G1LfOM2eQ</a>

Brown has been playing at a Pro Bowl-caliber form when in the lineup, posting 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns in five games. He previously missed a game in Week 3 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The passing game didn't miss a beat without Brown in last week's win over the Bears, with Tom Brady throwing for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin got the overwhelming majority of targets, a trend that will likely continue with Brown out of the lineup.

Rob Gronkowski will likely step into the third spot in the pecking order when he returns from a rib injury that's cost him the last four games.

Second-year wideout Tyler Johnson played 49 snaps in Week 7 and will continue playing Brown's role in offensive sets. 


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