Bruce Arians Clarifies That Antonio Brown Did Not Leave The Game Due To Injury

The Tampa Bay head coach dispelled the notion that the wide receiver left the game for refusing to enter the field with an ankle injury.

TAMPA – Antonio Brown’s latest chaotic outing from an NFL team, now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was not due to injury, coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

Yes, the Buccaneers are leaving Brown behind, whose NFL career is hanging by a thread again.


Bruce Arians admitted that he had a chat with Antonio Brown before he suddenly left the field, although he did not elaborate on it. AP Photo

But Arians dispelled the notion that Brown might have stormed out – throwing parts of his team into the stands and waving to fans at MetLife Stadium – after refusing to re-enter with an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game. activity for several weeks.

Arians was asked twice if Brown had said he was injured. In both, the coach replied: “No”, that Brown did not tell him that he was injured.

“It’s pretty obvious what happened. He left the field and that was it,” Arians said, declining to comment on an exchange he had with the player on the bench.

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Pressed for details on what was said and whether Brown had said he was too injured to play, Arians replied: “We had a chat and he left the field.”

When asked specifically what it was that was said that could have caused Brown to act the way he did, the coach added: “You have to ask him. I have no idea.”

“I only hope for the best for him,” Arians said, while trying to draw attention away from what could have caused the player to remove his jersey, shoulder pads, shirt and gloves to walk away bare-chested during the team’s 28-24 win on Sunday.

Arians added that he has no regrets giving the often troublesome player a chance to play Tom Brady and relive a trouble-ridden career on and off the field, even if it ended in such a strange way. Tampa Bay was Brown’s third team since he played his last full NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

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Brown, 33, also had chaotic outings from the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, where he was released before even playing a meeting with the Raiders and after playing only once during a brief stint with the Brady-led Patriots in 2019. .

“I wish him the best. I hope if he needs help, he will get it,” said Arians, who was Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator when the Steelers selected Brown in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. matters “.

Brown had not played in the NFL in more than 13 months when he signed with the Bucs in October 2020 as he was nearing the end of an eight-game suspension for various violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. At the time, Brown was also facing a civil lawsuit filed in September 2019 by a personal trainer who accused him of sexually abusing her three times, including raping her.

“I took a lot of time off from the game to re-evaluate myself, to look inward, to get a better perspective of myself and to work on myself in and out,” Brown commented in November 2020.

Brady welcomed Tampa Bay’s decision to give Brown the opportunity and allowed the player to stay with him in a home the quarterback rented to former baseball player and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.

“I would not say that I am a different person, but that I am a better person,” Brown said at the time. “Learning a lot about myself, working on myself for a year and a half, I think I am a better person.”