Bruce Arians Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians during warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, news broke that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown had attempted to purchase a fake COVID-19 vaccine card before the season in order to comply with NFL protocols. Brown’s representative said in response that Brown was indeed vaccinated while the Buccaneers put out a statement that they had done their due diligence and that, as far as they were concerned, Brown’s vaccination status was legitimate.

The NFL released a statement later on Thursday that they were aware of the situation and would investigate. It’s unknown what, if any, fines or suspensions could be in Brown’s future.

Meanwhile, Brown’s status for Monday’s game against the New York Giants is “questionable” due to an ankle injury and it seems unlikely that he will play.

In the meantime, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the report of Brown’s vaccine status and he strongly refuted the notion that he gave the team a fake vaccine card.

“We did our due diligence,” said Arians. “The league will do theirs. The statement says everything. I really don’t think it’s a story and it has nothing to do with the Giants game.”

Arians seems pretty sure that Brown’s status is legitimate and the league won’t find anything different. That will probably be the end of that, although when it comes to Antonio Brown there always seems to be something new around the bend.

[Jenna Laine]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to