Antonio Brown’s knee injury during Tampa Bay’s divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints was reportedly nothing serious, and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the receiver is considered “day-to-day” as the Buccaneers prepare to face off against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
The 32-year-old receiver had only one catch for 10 yards in the game against the Saints and played 29 snaps before he was taken out of the game due to a knee injury. Bucs coach Bruce Arians said that Brown had an MRI to ensure the injury was not serious, and the results appeared to be positive.
Brown joined the Bucs in Week 9, and while he has not quite looked like his old self, he still has proved to be yet another valuable weapon for Tom Brady. He has become an especially valuable red-zone target with five touchdown passes in his last five games.
With Brown in the lineup, the Bucs’ offense goes from scary to downright terrifying. Even without Brown, Brady has more than enough receiving options to throw the ball to, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski. Even lesser-known names like Scott Miller and Cameron Brate have become reliable pass-catchers over the last few weeks.
This elite receiving corps helped the 43-year-old quarterback throw for 40 touchdowns, the second-highest total of his career, and over 4,600 yards. Now, Brady is one win away from reaching the 10th Super Bowl of his career.