Bruce Arians: I Anticipate Antonio Brown Will Be 100 Percent Healthy

December 9th, 2021

This Christmas, some Bucs fans likely will think they got a lump of coal in their stocking.

Others should be high-fiving and pounding Big Storm beers in celebration.

It all depends on your perspective on phony-V-card-flashing, furniture-hurling, bicycle-throwing receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown has a bone spur that somehow was/is affecting his healing sprained ankle. Brown hasn’t played since he had a big Thursday night in Philadelphia on Oct. 14. And last week he was suspended three games by the NFL, along with Bucs safety Mike Edwards, for producing a phony COVID vaccination card to the Bucs over the summer.

Brown’s ankle rehab has been a bit mysterious, but Bucco Bruce Arians was rather firm last night talking about Brown’s health on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Here is the verbatim exchange:

Host Bill Lekas: Antonio Brown, when the suspension is over, do you expect him healthwise to be 100 percent by that point?

Bucco Bruce Arians: I would anticipate that. Yes.

So it seems Brown very well could be full-go on Dec. 26, when the Bucs head to face Carolina in Week 15. That’s perfect timing for Brown to tune-up for the playoffs.

Do the Bucs need him to win a Super Bowl? That’s very much up for debate.

Brown missed the NFC Championship game with an injury last year, and he caught a grand total of 8 balls for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns in the other three playoff games. Joe’s not discounting the guy’s importance, but Joe doesn’t want to overstate it, either.

41 Responses to “Bruce Arians: I Anticipate Antonio Brown Will Be 100 Percent Healthy”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    MAGA Make Antonio Great Again???

    Do we need him to win a Super Bowl?……Nope, but TBBF thinks you need him to get to the Super Bowl.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Not sure Pete trusts our team doctor who is Dr. Nick Riviera from The Simpsons and Dr Phil

  3. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If he caught 8 balls for 91 yds and 2 td’s in 3 playoff games, how is he not needed? You all do understand that he takes coverage off Evan’s, Godwin & Gronk? He’s not like Johnson, Scotty or Perriman where you can play off him. If they do AB will eat the DB’s lunch. What I get out of this, he Ain’t Going Nowhere!!!

  4. adam from ny Says:

    i really thought we had a legit shot at three 1,000 yard receivers this year…

    if he and gronk stayed healthy all year it’s not far fetched to think we just might have actually has four…



  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    IMHO, AB is the missing link from our offense.
    Just him being on the field takes coverage away from Evans and Godwin + Brady trusts him.
    Our Offense is nearly invincible when he is healthy.
    I sincerely hope we do not cut him!

  6. Bobby M. Says:

    He’ll be here….his punishment was a loss of a few game checks, likely doesn’t hit his production bonuses either. That’s a pretty good chunk of change for a guy already playing at a discount. I do think Scotty and Perriman can still put pressure on the opposing defense but they are not close to AB. Brown can fill in at the #1 or #2 if needed, there’s nobody else on our team that can replace Evans or Godwin.

  7. Buc4evr Says:

    There is no way BA cuts him, it’s like giving the playbook to our competition. He would be signed the next day by an NFC playoff team.

  8. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    AB was spotted working out the other day, tossing furniture and bicycles.

    He’ll be ready soon.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    Bobby: Neither Miller nor Perriman can hold Brown’s jockstrap.

    Neither of those guys strike fear in the heart of a DC. Yes, they are fast, but so are a ton of other receivers in the NFL. You have to give them depth, but both are kinda one-trick ponies.

    Antonio Browm may be one of the most complete receivers in NFL history, and he’s as good as he’s ever been.

    Just having the guy on the field changes coverages on defense.

    He cannot be replaced adequately.

    Brown was also key in the Bucs year-end streak to get into the playoffs.

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    Conservative Bucs fans taking the black guys back. Lol. It was wrong and obviously extremely stupid on AB and Edwards, but what can I say? It will be awesome to have them both fresh going into the playoffs. LFG!!!

  11. Casual Observer Says:

    Cobra is spot on!

  12. Robert Says:

    Look for AB to light it up! He brings it every game!

  13. Pa Bucs fan Says:

    Anyone saying AB isn’t a huge piece to the Bucs potential post season success is lying to themselves lol , just not have watched first 6 games of the season either

  14. SlyPirate Says:

    A bone spur.

    We know AB has had feet issues for a while. I wonder if it’s the bone spur that caused him to freeze his feet?

  15. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “Do the Bucs need him to win a Super Bowl? That’s very much up for debate.“

    Finally Joe changes his tune lol

    Brown makes the Bucs better, no doubt. But they don’t “need” him.

  16. PassingThru Says:

    Three key takeaways from Arians:

    1) The rehab, while much longer than expected, will have a positive result in terms of AB’s health.

    2) AB’s return will be right in time to get him back up to NFL game speed. He’ll need to play in at least two games.

    3) It doesn’t sound like Arians is planning to release Brown. I’m sure there will be some form of discipline, and he may not even be back following this season, but for now it looks like the Bucs won’t release him (not that I ever thought they would).

  17. Bojim Says:

    Bone spur fixed?

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Joe – why chastise Bucs fans that want him gone? There is no chastising written here. –Joe
    I’m indifferent either way but both opinions are 100% valid. Bobby Fenton said the same thing. But why make other fans and say they are dumb or belittle them based on valid opinions? Buc fans love to argue with each other over stupid personal and political things. This increases that issue. Why try and create drama? It’s as if if a fan has a different opinion than yours, they are wrong? I don’t get it I really don’t.

  19. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    All this lame ass cancel culture. No talking head ever said that AB will lose almost 300k for the 3 games that he is suspended for. Yes he made a bad mistake & could have made others sick. He paid his price & hopefully put all of his head slap ways behind him. I hope that he pays his workers for their hard work… Tighten up AB pay your damn bills & kick ass for us…

  20. Dean Giusti Says:

    If Tyler Johnson had blossomed into what I thought he would become I wouldn’t mind one way or the other with AB coming back.
    Well Tyler had his golden opportunity to shine and he’s been MIA game after game.
    AB can’t be replaced.

  21. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Mark the date of this post. If BA cuts AB for any other reason than he can’t produce any more and Bucs don’t make it to or lose the SB, you can kiss TB12 goodbye. The Bucs secondary is HORRID every when healthy so Bucs have to score points, A LOT of points. No AB, NO SB!!!

  22. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Hey , ABs turned over a new leaf. Last seen he was riding a bike instead of throwing it. With that said. #FreeAB

  23. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    If the Bucs were gonna release AB, I’m pretty sure they would’ve announced it days ago. They’ve had plenty time to sleep on it.

    AB is back to walking on eggshells. He’s had frozen feet, he can handle it, lol

  24. Ash Says:

    I do think they need ab to repeat our offense is good without him but so is greenbay and Arizona but with him the offense is a juggernaut and with the defense so hit or miss definitely need him.

  25. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Hopefully P.Rick Stroud, Jenna Lame and Irv CoughMan ™️ won’t organize protests if/when AB returns.

  26. Jerry Says:

    He won’t get cut now. But he won’t be back next year. It’s not just the fake card, it’s the injuries too. He will likely need some surgery for the bone spur.

  27. crazybucs_CL Says:

    @”Hopefully P.Rick Stroud, Jenna Lame and Irv CoughMan ™️ won’t organize protests if/when AB returns.”
    Or instead they may take a knee.

    @”It was wrong and obviously extremely stupid on AB and Edwards..”
    No it was NOT. They try to save there bodies from non FDA approved shot(at the time), and un-necessary medication injected to their bodies,(as we know the development continue, and you still can contracted)
    Actually AB got it while he was vaxxed.
    on 26th we going to have back two players, one good and the other one star (AB). They will do a three game “pre season like”, and then to play off we go.
    AB present @ PO is CRUCIAL.
    Is beyond the TV🤡 decision on AB.
    It goes strait to Glaziers through TB12.

  28. Infomeplease Says:

    A returning, healthy AB gives the BUCS another weapon for defensive coordinators to plan for…let me see .. there’s ME, CG, AB, Gronk (all of these could very well be hall of famers), and throw in LF. All on the field at the same time!!!!! Then you have an offensive line that is second to none, protecting the GOAT!! Need I say more?

  29. Eddie Marz Says:

    I don’t think Brady has a say in this. The real reason they won’t cut him because they don’t want him going to Dallas Green Bay Arizona San Francisco or some other playoff team they might meet in January. GO BUCS!

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    They won’t cut him, period.

    A fake vaxxx card is an issue only for crying Karens, not actual football people.

    It’s not like he lied about grabbing an Uber Cooter. His “deception” was to protect his body from a drug that the Health Minister of Japan just issued a significant heart risk warning about.

  31. SB~LV Says:


  32. Infomeplease Says:

    Cobra boy ur a bit dramatic,. The Japanese guy said 81 out of 1,000,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would put down all my money at Draft Kings with those odds!!! Just sayin

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    @SB~LV: you don’t have a HoF career being mentally weak.

    Lapses of bad judgment in his personal life? Perhaps. Not a happy camper and acting out on a couple of teams? Maybe.

    But the guy has been stellar for the Bucs, even “mentally.”

  34. Cobraboy Says:

    @Infomeplease: you take those odds. I ain’t putting that poison in my body, but you’re more than welcome to do so.

    To paraphrase the immortal Ricky Bobby: “If it ain’t 100% safe, it ain’t safe, it’s a loser.”

    One need look no further than either the VAERS, the 300+ Euro athletes who have been dropping like flies, or the huge % of Canuckian womyn who miscarried, or the young guys with permanent heart damage. Those are just a few of dozens of pieces of evidence.

    Oh, and Pfizer refuses to release all their test data, and the .1 of 1% they DID release through FOIA showed that like 1200 participants died in their studies. So it is clear why they don’t want to release the rest.

    But, according to the Vaxxx Covidians, you can die from the jab, but that’s normal, so everybody vaxxx up…

  35. ClodHopper Says:

    Awesome. Everything is on schedule for the Bucs to have a great Jan and Feb.

  36. Cobraboy Says:

    I think the Vaxxx Covidians should get all seven vaxxx doses, 3 Pfz, 3 Mod, and a J&J, just to make sure…

    I mean the probability is .03 percent of covid death if you don’t, so don’t roll dem dice, call Draft Kings…

  37. 1sparkybuc Says:

    80% of the Covid deaths are people who rejected the vaccine. I was one of the first to get the polio vaccine. No polio and no Coronavirus so far, and nothing else that I ever got vaccinated for. I wear a mask wherever it’s required, and still feel free and confident. For me it’s math and science. It’s not a hoax. Bleach won’t kill it, and it should be obvious to everyone by now, it’s not going to just magically disappear. For some it’s become a political weapon. The only question now is, for which side? Where are the casualties?

  38. Sparky Says:

    Why does every mention of AB result in a half dozen kooks posting their random vaxx “facts” they read on infowars? STFU already. There is zero excuse for AB using a fake vax card, the end.

  39. Mr Bean Says:

    Faking a vac card or any document for that matter is bad. Three weeks suspension seems to fit the crime. After that he has paid his dues. He’s been the perfect teammate. When BA said he was on a short leash he meant locker room shenanigans. I don’t think AB gets cut. And if TB12 cries to the GM that he wants AB back next year they probably sign him next year.

  40. Cobraboy Says:

    I chuckle when the Vaxxx Covidians do their finger-wagging Karen…

  41. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Don’t care if you don’t want to get vaxed,, have fun oin the hospital besides your family cause you gave it to them, because you were to selfish,,oh boy there I go,, sorry it’s a personal choice I mean,,so tried to stay out of this drama