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Antonio Brown ruled out for the NFC Championship matchup against the Packers

Official word came out Friday.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
AB’s knee will keep him on the sideline this week.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received some bad new regarding one of their top receivers on Friday.

One day after referring to Antonio Brown’s Sunday status as a “game-time decision”, Bruce Arians told reporters that Brown would not play on Sunday against the Packers.

It’s a big loss for the Bucs, who were starting to reap the benefits of Brown’s presence over the last few weeks. But the Bucs still have plenty of weapons, even without Brown.

There are the obvious names such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski; but guys like Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, and Cameron Brate —who currently leads the Bucs with 130 receiving yards in the playoffs— have made plenty of plays on their own in the postseason.

AB finished the regular season with 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns. He was able to grab three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games with the Bucs.