Tom Brady will be without one of his goals on Sunday because he and the Buccaneers want to remain unbeaten when they face Rams on the street.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown did not travel to Los Angeles after a positive test for Covid-1 for the week.
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Books’ WR Antonio Brown has not traveled to Los Angeles and is out for Sunday’s game vs. The Rams.
– AdamShefter (DamAdamSchefter) September 25, 2021
Brown tested positive for the first time on Wednesday. His ability to play this weekend depends on recording two negative tests at 24-hour intervals. That didn’t happen, so he will miss Sunday’s game.
The 33-year-old Brown has become a substitute for a tough secondary takeover in Tampa behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans since joining the team last October. He played both of the team’s first two games (one start) this season and made six catches and one touchdown for 138 yards. He made a total of 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games with Tampa Bay last year.
He signed with the Books a week before he recovered from an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
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SN’s Fantasy Source team has projected that Cameron Brett or wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Scott Miller will probably be the “next man up” in Brown’s absence.
Brett has a catch for 8 yards in the first two games. Johnson has a reception for 5 yards. Miller, the No. 3 receiver in Tampa Bay last year, received no catches or targets in 2021 and played a total of 20 shots, according to pro football references.
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Brown made his mark as the league’s top receiver in Pittsburgh, receiving seven pro bowls and four all-pro nodes with the Steelers. He led the NFL in getting two yards.
Tampa Bay (2-0) entered the NFL on Sunday with 79 points. A win over the Rams would be a first-place match against the NFC South-0-0 Panthers.