The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a COVID-19 outbreak on their hands, which they’re trying to mitigate. Meanwhile, wide receiver Antonio Brown is the latest member of the Super Bowl Champion Bucs to get placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Brown is the third player on the Bucs to test positive for COVID-19 and head to the reserve list. He joins special teams captain and backup linebacker Kevin Minter along with Travis Jonsen, a practice squad player.
In the season-opener on Thursday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, Brown looked like his old self with five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. In two games this season, Brown caught six passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady targeted Brown 10 times.
Last season, Brown appeared in eight games in the regular season. He caught four passes for 83 yards and four touchdowns. During the Bucs’ Super Bowl run, Brown appeared in four postseason games and added eight receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bucs have a strong and deep group of wide receivers led by Mike Evans and Chris Goodwin. You know you’ve got great wideouts when Brown is the third wheel. The Bucs also have Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson in reserve. The Bucs drafted Jaelon Darden with a fourth-round pick out of North Texas, but the rookie has yet to see action.
The Bucs head to Hollywood for a showdown with Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are +1.5 home dogs against the defending champions. You can back the Bucs at +550 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to DraftKings, as the second-highest favorite on the futures board.