Buccaneers Arians Rides Fence on Brown/Edwards Status


Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and reiterated that he has yet to make a decision on the futures of Antonio Brown (WR) and Mike Edwards (S) with the team. Brown and Edwards were suspended for presenting fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

As Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports, the Buccaneers might announce something in regards to the players’ suspensions later this week.

“It could go either way right now; it really could,” Arians said before adding there are a few factors in play. “Just continuing where those two guys are at and where the team is at.”

Arians has made similar statements when the suspensions were initially announced by the NFL. After the suspensions were announced ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that Brown did get fully vaccinated. So why didn’t Brown appeal the suspension? His attorney Sean Burstyn had this to say.

“The NFL made its determination and, instead of going through the drawn out and distracting process of challenging the outcome, Mr. Brown wrapped this up promptly and he will make the most of this time by treating his ankle injury. Mr. Brown will be motivated, well rested, and in the best shape of his life when he returns in Week 16.”

A Tricky Situation 

This is a tricky situation for Arians and the Buccaneers to navigate. On one hand they could take the moral high ground and cut both players. The problem with that is it sets a precedent AND we all know Brown would land on a contending team like the Packers. On the other hand if they don’t cut Brown it’s just another case of Arians saying something (Arians stated Brown had one chance here in Tampa) and doing the opposite. Sounds like a no-win situation for the team and especially Arians.

Our take for what it’s worth is, both players have been punished and should be welcomed back.

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