Tom Brady and Antonio Brown Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrate after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have certainly looked like the kind of team that could repeat as Super Bowl champions this season so far. They’ve started the season 2-0 and Tom Brady has looked solid at quarterback (and might just continue to do so for years to come).

While the franchise has felt the need to shore up its defense, they seem to feel pretty good about where their offense stands right now. However, the Bucs learned this week that they might be without one of their biggest wide receiver weapons this weekend. According to ESPN’s Rick Stroud, Antonio Brown has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

“He’ll need to remain asymptomatic and have two negative tests 24 hours apart to be able to return, which makes it tough for him to get back for the game at Rams on Sunday,” The Athletics’ Greg Auman said.

Given that it’s already Wednesday, time is not on Brown or the Buccanneers’ side. It’s unclear if Brown was able to start this process before Wednesday, which might create more space for this to happen. Head coach Bruce Arians is working under the assumption that Brown will be unavailable.

Brown has six receptions of the year so far for 138 yards and a touchdown. He also ran in a touchdown against Dallas in the season opener. Brown has settled into his role as part of the wide receiving corp in Tampa following a very dramatic and controversial era that involved public spats with his former teams, accusations of sexual assault, and a suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. A connection with Tom Brady seems to have gone a long way with helping the WR get his career and life back on track.

If Brown is unavailable on Sunday, Brady will have to focus on his connections with Chris Godwin (167 yards, 2 TDs), Rob Gronkowski (129 yards, 4 TDs), and Mike Evans (99 yards, 2 TDs).

[Rick Stroud]

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