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Buccaneers' Antonio Brown set to remain sidelined

Tampa Bay have some injury concerns heading into their game against the New York Giants.

Update:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some injury concerns heading into their game against the New York Giants, including Antonio Brown who stays sidelined.
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In a week where he courted controversy, the Bucs' player is now set to remain sidelined.

Antonio Brown remains sidelined

According to head coach Bruce Arians, wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was accused this week of trying to obtain a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, has been ruled out for the Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Brown has not featured for the Bucs since they faced the Philadelphia Eagles in week six. It is also understood that he did not participate in training this week.

The covid-19 controversy

It was just a few days ago when Brown's former live-in chef, Steven Ruiz - who also served as the player's personal assistant - made public statements alleging that wide receiver had tried to pay him to obtain a fake covid-19 vaccine card. Ruize went on to add that Brown eventually acquired the card through a fellow Bucs teammate. Who that teammate is, has not been disclosed. In the wake of the accusations, Brown's attorney flatly denied the allegations. Where the Buccaneers are concerned, Arians said on Friday that the team "did its due diligence" in reviewing the vaccine cards of varying players and that "the league will do theirs."

Bucs' Arians talks other injuries

On Saturday Arians discussed the other injury concerns for the Bucs. At the moment there is star tight end Rob Gronkowski, corne rback Sean Murphy-Bunting and wide receiver Scotty Miller all of whom have been listed as game-time decisions. "The arrow's trending up for a couple of guys for sure," Arians said. "I think Sean has shown me that he's probably ready to go, and we'll just see if we're gonna make that roster move yet," Arians said. "Scotty, it's just a matter of need really. Because we have enough receivers. We have B.P. (Breshad Perriman) for another week, so we'll see wait and see where that one goes, but he's ready."

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Speaking on Murphy-Bunting, Arians was encouraged by his performace during this week's training in which he had interceptions with both hands - he previously suffered a dislocated elbow in week 1. "Getting him back is one thing, but playing 60 plays is another," Arians said of Murphy-Bunting. "...Sean's been out a long time, so we can't overload him. But there are spots that, if we can get him back out there, he can help us for sure and gradually get his role back."

There is also CB Dee Delaney

Unfortunately for the Bucs their injury concerns don't stop there. The team is currently waiting to see whether or not corner back Dee Delaney will be able to pass the concussion protocol. Should he fail to do so the Bucs will likely look to Blidi Wreh-Wilson who currently belongs to the the practice squad. As for the Gronk himself, Arians was hopeful saying that the signs from

Gronkowski this week were encouraging. Gronkowski has played a bit part role this season had to over come cracked ribs, a punctured lung and most recently back spasms. "We'll get a good look at him pregame," Arians said. "...We'll have to see how it goes and, if he plays, monitor his workload."

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