Antonio Brown is expected to join Bucs on Thursday
TAMPA – Veteran Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown returns Thursday from his extended stay on the reserve / COVID-19 roster and will likely be suitable for Sunday night’s clash with the Patriots in New England.
“His 10 days are up,” said coach Bruce Arians, “so he’ll be back (Thursday).”
The team announced on September 22 that Brown had been officially placed on the roster. NFL protocols state that vaccinated people who are symptomatic and test positive for COVID-19 must return two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart and be asymptomatic for 48 hours. If the vaccinated people do not return two consecutive negative tests, they can come back after 10 days.
Every Bucs player and staff member has been vaccinated, Arians said.
Linebacker Kevin Minter, who also missed Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Rams while on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, was activated on Monday.
Elsewhere, tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs), running back Giovani Bernard (knee) and edge thrower Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Bernard and Gronkowski were injured in Sunday’s loss, Bernard reportedly suffered a slight MCL sprain after firing a hard blow that knocked him into the end zone late in the game.
Cornerback Jamel Dean (knee), also injured against the Rams, was a limited participant on Wednesday.
“He’s in a bit of pain, but he’s training,” Arians said.
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