MRI for Antonio Brown

January 18th, 2021

It’s a knee injury for Antonio Brown (not related to hurling a Casper bed), and today the Bucs are getting a deeper look with an MRI, per head coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Brown had one catch for 10 yards yesterday on just two targets.

Of course, rookie Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller had huge second-half catches in Brown’s absence, so Joe’s really not concerned about a potential loss of Brown. The Bucs are loaded with pass catchers, and Brown was not being used on punt returns.

38 Responses to “MRI for Antonio Brown”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Still….I hope AB is OK…….this is terrible timing for him as far as his NFL future……
    I think we can do OK without him…..but, it sure is nice to have him as our #3.

    What showed up last night was our depth……TE,WR,RB,CB,OLine…..

  2. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Huge loss if he cannot play. None of the superstar receivers were utilized Sunday. That doesn’t mean they won’t be in GB. He is fantastic after the catch. Joe, how long you been watching football? Not to be able to recognize the importance of this man moving deeper into a possible SB is a rookie comment.

  3. julian james Says:

    Thank you Joe for finally writing the names of players sans the insanely long strings of adjectives!!! It’s much easier and more enjoyable to read!
    Joe does that every day at different times.–Joe

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Get AB healthy.

  5. OBF Says:

    AB’ experience CAN NOT be replaced by Scotty or the rookie

  6. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Brown cant be replaced by those guys, but we still have plenty of weapons against a weaker d than we have seen in the last 2 weeks. The packers cannot eliminate evans like lattimore did. They also do not rush the passer like washington and saints, so gronk should be used a little more in the passing game. This will come down to the run game being consistent and keeping them off balance, and the d keeping rogers guessing, which is tough.

  7. Colonel Angus Says:

    We beat Packers without AB the first time. With the cold and possibility of snow, should be a RoJo and Fournette heavy game again.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Hard to replace his experience and skills with either Miller or Johnson.

    Brown is an all-time great. Miller and Johnson are good players but without Big Time experience.

  9. TampaTown Says:

    I hope AB is ok. He’s made the most of his chance here.

  10. Infomeplease Says:

    AB came to Tampa and showed the NFL that he still has the wide receiver magic. My heart goes out to him and a wish for a speedy recovery.

  11. 6throundpick Says:

    They are all different players, oft playing the same position. And they can all do different things. Some are more effective against certain teams/strategies/coverage/etc. Brown, when at the top of his game, is a game breaker. Hopefully, all is well.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    “Joe’s really not concerned about a potential loss of Brown. The Bucs are loaded with pass catchers”.

    That statement got me thinking Joe about how much of an impact Antonio Brown has really had in our offense. Well, after looking at what he’s brought to the table since joining us, I’d say losing him is very significant.

    o Saints game (38-3 loss): 5 targets – 3 catches – 31 yds
    o Panthers game (46-23 win): 8 targets – 7 catches – 69 yds
    o Rams game (27-24 loss): 13 targets – 8 catches – 57 yds
    o Chiefs game (27-24 loss): 3 targets – 2 catches – 11 yds
    o Vikings game (26-14 win): 5 targets – 5 catches – 49 yds
    o Falcons game (31-27 win): 7 targets – 5 catches – 93 yds (1 TD)
    o Lions game (47-7 win): 6 targets – 4 catches – 35 yds (1 TD)
    o Falcons game (44-27 win): 15 targets – 11 catches – 138 yds (2 TD)
    o Washington game (31-23 win): 3 targets – 2 catches – 49 yds (1 TD)
    o Saints game (30-20 win): 3 targets – 1 catch – 10 yds

    So in his 10 games with us, Antonio has been targeted 68 times and caught 48 of those (70.6%) for 542 yds receiving & 5 TDs. And he really only got to play half the season with us, basically learning on-the-job since he had no training camp. To me, those are impressive numbers and represent a very meaningful contribution to our season. Hopefully that MRI reveals nothing of any significance and he gets to help us win the Super Bowl.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Because he was not shown in significant pain, I suspect a meniscus. They don’t hurt much, but you know something isn’t correct. They actually make weird grinding sounds when torn.

    A meniscus can be scoped with short rehab time, 3-4 weeks or so. Problem is if it’s his meniscus and the Bucs win Sunday, he still won’t be back for SB.

    Hoping it’s something even more minor…

  14. Priscilla Prenner Says:

    “It’s a knee injury for Antonio Brown (not related to hurling a Casper bed)…”

    Keep it classy Joe. You think you’re witty and funny but sadly, this is just a dickish comment, especially when it comes to an active Tampa Bay Buccaneer — even if it’s one you despise. Loath yourself lard butt.

  15. Buc Wild Says:

    I disagree. AB would be a huge loss for next week.

  16. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Thanks for the info Ira👍🏻😃🍻

  17. 123urout Says:

    We need AB. Nothing beats speed and experience. Just rub a dirt on it AB. Hope nothing serious. GO BUCS !!!!

  18. Bird Says:

    Wrong again But not surprised.

    Of course AB matters
    Scooter and the rookie arent AB

  19. Fernando Says:

    Vita Vea back from injured reserve!!!!!

  20. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Establish a potent running game and all your receivers will be open on play action-regardless of who they are. This time of the year it is next man up-just ask Stinnie-what a clutch performance. Running game and defense win playoff games-case in point is New England 13-Rams 3. pats ran for 160 and passed for 250 , very similar to Bucs numbers last night.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Good stuff from DR as usual.

    Brown has been more and more involved each week, and has a unique playing style that none of our other WRs have. Small and fast like Scotty but can break through tackles and change direction better than anyone.

    While I think we can definitely get by without him, he gives us more diversity and options on offense. He’s basically the only one who has been successful on WR screens.

  22. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    If the MRI reveals a minor meniscus injury, the better thing to do is nothing. He can play with some pain. Perhaps, rest him as much as possible against the Packers and, if the Bucs win, give him a painkiller shot in the knee and go full throttle to the SB.
    Once the season is over, he will have to do the surgery, no big deal.
    Any other injury probably will end his season.
    Best case scenario, just a trauma or a misalignment.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    Wow, what ignorant commentary. You should be concerned about losing any of your top 3 WRs, who are all clearly a huge step up from the next guys on the list.

  24. David Says:

    I am not a fan of him and was not a fan of signing him, but he has been on perfect behavior and proved to be much-needed depth when Godwin was down and then when Evans was down.
    With Miller, Johnson, Gronk and Brate it is not a huge loss but he is still a dynamic player that can do things none the other receivers can do.

    As much as I was not a fan of his, I don’t wish anyone to be injured either. I hope he’s fine

  25. James S. Maletsky Says:

    Seen this injury before when AB was with the Steelers. Nothing new here except having an MEI done on it.

  26. Eric Brierton Says:

    Pray for AB guys we need him

  27. Mike Stenger Says:

    Brown is hands down 1 of the best in the business so yeah losing him is a hella hit. And this is coming from a Steelers Fan 4 Life !!!

  28. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Let’s not forget how good he was playing in Pittsburg. Last I checked it snows and cold as a witches tit.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Hate to lose Brown but its great that we have Scotty Miller to fall back on if needed. Miller might actually be better in the #3 role compared to Brown but of course Brown can step right in as a #1 if needed so its a bad loss if hes out.

    Our biggest problem at WR right now is Chris. Lets face it. Hes just been terrible the last two weeks. The only good thing is its only mental with Chris. He could get his focys back just like flipping a switch and continue being a stud like we expect him to be.

  30. Capt.Tim Says:

    Strictly as a player
    Brown is a tremendous, Unique talent.
    Many time pro bowler.
    Losing him hurt alot last night.
    It will hurt alot in Green Bay.
    Scotty Miller Aint Antonio Brown!

    I hope he can Play this Weekend.
    Brady has great chemistry with him.

  31. Capt.Tim Says:

    For whatever reason- Chris Godwin is struggling badly.
    Hes dropping more than he’s catching.
    We need Antonio Brown.
    I hope he is ok. He still challenges the defenses.

  32. Clean House Says:

    Joe you’re a hater, plain and simple.
    AB has been great, a model citizen and has the potential to absolutely take over any game, especially in the playoffs with our match up problems.
    He’s at least tired for #2 receiver on our team. That’s withought having hit his stride.

    We best hope he’s ok and returns this week. Other teams must account for him.

  33. Clean House Says:

    Tied for #2

  34. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Any updates on the mri ?

  35. Packers fan Says:

    Hi Bucs fans. We wish you guys and AB all the best. He’s a great playmaker and a problem to deal with on the field. It’s a better game when both teams show up full strength. You can’t be the best of you don’t play the best. With that being said, we welcome you all to root for us in the Super Bowl!

  36. Listnfrmafar Says:

    A pleasant approach to trolling but nevertheless a troll. Packers fan, it’s nice to hear you secured your SB tickets, while your in town pick up a Devin White jersey, it will be the same number tattooed in Roger’s forehead after Sunday’s game. Plus the white & pewter will fit in with rest of Bucs fans. Go Bucs!

  37. Cobraboy Says:

    I just read the MRI showed no damage, and he’s day-to-day.

    Wanna bet against him playing? I’m not.

  38. BobbyH Says:

    Hope Antonio is 100%. GO Bucs