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Bucs' WR Antonio Brown placed on covid-19 reserve list

The star wide receiver is now the third player in a week to be sidelined due to covid-19

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Bucs' WR Antonio Brown placed on covid-19 reserve list
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The Bucs are the most recent in a growing number of teams to be plagued yet again by the covid-19 pandemic

Tampa Bay Buccaneers face covid-19 threat

Despite a very effective vaccine drive, the shadow of covid-19 continues to hang over the NFL. In the most recent case, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Antonio Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list, making him the third player in the space of a week to be placed on the list. Brown joins inside linebacker/special teams captain Kevin Minter and practice squad wide receiver Travis Jonsen who were both sidelined due to positive tests.

Considered one of the best wide receivers ever, Brown, along with his teammates and all members of the Bucs' coaching staff, is fully vaccinated. As per NFL protocols, he needs two negative tests 24 hours apart to return to the field assuming he is asymptomatic. Players who are vaccinated are not subject to the mandatory 10-day quarantine unlike those who are unvaccinated.

Antonio Brown here and now

Brown, who has already amassed 138 receiving yards in two games is quite possibly the Bucs' most versatile route runner - he can play the long game going deep while seamlessly changing to an inside approach with sudden bursts.

Who's next for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

This week the Bucs will find themselves on the road as they travel to face one of their more complicated opponents. Waiting for them are the Los Angeles Rams, a team that beat the Bucs last season 27-24 while limiting them to a season low 209 passing yards. After that it's on to face Tom Brady's former team, the New England Patriots