Antonio Brown Is Still Injured And Will Not Play Against Colts

Besides Brown, there are other players, like catcher Mike Evans who are in doubt.

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will again lose Antonio Brown when they travel to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, coach Bruce Arians said Friday.

“The only one out for this game is Antonio Brown. We will have some guys that come in, they will train and we will see how they feel.”


Antonio Brown will miss the fifth consecutive game with an ankle injury. Getty

Brown is still dealing with an ankle injury that has prevented him from playing and practicing since Week 6. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it would initially be a six-week injury.

Players he refers to when it comes to “wait and see” include inside linebacker Devin White, left guard Ali Marpet, wide receiver Mike Evans and nose tackle Vita Vea.

Of White, arguably one of the Bucs’ best defenders and keys to helping neutralize the best running back in the NFL, Jonathan Taylor, Arians noted: “(He’s) very excited. He’s one of those guys we’ll wait and see.” .

White suffered a quadriceps injury in the closing moments of the Monday Night Football win over the New York Giants and missed Wednesday’s practice before returning to a limited extent on Thursday.

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Evans, who achieved the Bucs franchise mark of 72 touchdown receptions at the MNF, has a back injury and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was on the field with his teammates on Friday that it was open to the media.

“It looked good,” Arians pointed out.

Vea sprained his knee in Washington in Week 10 and missed Monday’s game, but was able to practice this week on a limited basis. “He made steady progress,” Arians stressed. “We will see how he is in the warm-ups.”

Marpet suffered an abdominal injury on Monday, and although he did not train on Wednesday or Thursday this week, Arians said: “It will be a decision at the time of the game.”

On a positive note, tight end Rob Gronkowski, who saw his first real action against the Giants since suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung in Week 3, practiced fully this week and felt no residual effects from the injury.

“Okay. He had a good week of practice,” Arians said.