Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians addressed Antonio Brown’s exit from the sphere within the third-quarter on Sunday, noting Brown’s departure got here following the receiver’s frustration over a scarcity of targets in opposition to the Jets.
Brown was launched on Thursday morning, in the future after he launched a press release accusing the Buccaneers of mishandling his ankle harm. Brown mentioned he was pressured to play by Tampa’s employees regardless of the damage ankle, including he was kicked off the sphere after refusing to enter the sport because of the ankle harm. Arians disputed that model of occasions on Thursday.
“At no cut-off date throughout that sport did [Brown] because the coach or physician about his ankle,” Arians mentioned Thursday. “I used to be by no means notified of it.”
“He was very upset at halftime about who was getting focused. … It began once more on the sideline. We referred to as the personnel group he is been in your complete sport, he refused to go within the sport.”
Brown caught three of his 5 targets for 26 yards before leaving the sport, a 28–24 Buccaneers win.
Brown’s time with Tampa–and probably the NFL writ massive–seems to be over after the Week 17 incident. As for Arians and the Buccaneers, they enter Week 18 with the NFC South clinched at 12–4. Tampa will host Carolina in its regular-season finale on Sunday, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. ET.
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