Buccaneers could be without key starter against the Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Antonio Brown (Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Antonio Brown (Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buccaneers really need luck on their side leading up to the matchup against the Rams.

The Rams are one of the best teams in the NFL. Between a great defense with two of the best defenders in the league and one of the brightest minds in the game coaching the offense, L.A. is always a tough match for the Buccaneers.

Tampa will need every one of their players at the top of their game this Sunday if they want to escape with a win, and that prospect just got that much harder with the recent Antonio Brown news.

Greg Auman just Tweeted that the Bucs have placed Brown on their reserve/COVID-19 list. There is a path forward for Brown to be cleared by Sunday for the game, but Auman explains that this is a difficult task with so little time.

Tampa has a very deep wide receiver room to lean on in the event of an emergency like this, but losing Brown against that defense would still hurt. After watching last season, running the ball against this defense is not the answer on offense, and the pass simply works better when Brown is on the field.

The Buccaneers have several players who could see more playing time this weekend even if Brown is healthy, as he will now miss several key days of practice, and there is now extra pressure on the offensive game plan to keep the pressure on the Rams.

Plenty of fans have started to wonder where Scotty Miller has been this season, and this news makes it seem likely that he and the rest of the depth receivers could finally see a decent chunk of snaps.

The loss of Brown could be huge for the Buccaneers if the play-calling suffers as a result, but Tampa can keep themselves in the driver seat as long as they don’t allow a loss like this to make them timid if that is how the dice falls.

Hopefully, Brown is able to pass both of his tests and can return before this pivotal matchup.

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