Not good at all. Antonio Brown is a key piece in the Bucs offense. They're 5-0 when he is in the lineup this year. In fact, they haven't lost when he's played a game since last November! Brady clearly trusts AB and he's still an elite Receiver when he's on the field. The 8-3 Bucs are 1.0 game back of the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals for the #1 seed in the NFC and with their schedule the next few weeks, it's not a good time to have key guys missing games:
AB has been injured since Week 7 and was on his way back before a heel injury hindered his progress. It'll be interesting to see how the team handles his suspension. But the lowkey biggest loss is Mike Edwards. Edwards is a ballhawk and got my virtual gameball for his performance on Sunday. I literally just did a breakdown of the guy at 10:30pm last night on how he helped save the game in Indy! And now he's suspended...what a world!
On the field, Edwards has been playing a lot of Nickel CB, so hopefully our top CB Carlton Davis comes back this week and Jamel Dean can also play through his shoulder injury which could move Sean Murphy-Bunting back into his Nickel role.
On a real note though, this is a tough one to swallow. Vaccination cards seem like a very easy thing to forge, and it's got to be dang near impossible for any person/employer to spot a fake when it's literally just random writing in pen on a card that millions of people have. The Bucs released this statement and I feel for the organization at this time.
It's an ugly mark, but it makes you wonder how many other players around the league have done this? It was brought to light with the Bucs because of AB and the controversy that followed him. And while it's not exactly the same thing Aaron Rodgers failed to disclose to the media, I do think there are more NFL players out there with fake vaccination cards. Will it only be a matter of time before more are uncovered?