Antonio Brown has now missed two practices in a row and his availability for the week seven game against the Chicago Bears is very much in question. Brown is currently leading the team in targets despite having missed a game earlier in the season when he was placed on the Reserve/Covid list. In addition to Brown, tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Lavonte David also missed practice as they continue to deal with rib and ankle injuries.
O.J. Howard returned to practice Wednesday in a limited fashion while safety Antoine Winfield Jr. had his second day of practice this week - a good sign that he's going to be cleared from concussion protocol and be available to play on Sunday.
Richard Sherman and Jason Pierre-Paul also missed practice on Wednesday.
For the Bears, they have an injury report longer than the Bucs. Most notably, Akhiem Hicks and Kahlil Mack have been listed as "Did Not Participate" both Tuesday and Wednesday, making their availability uncertain.
Linebacker Caleb Johnson and wide receiver Allen Robinson were both upgraded to limited participants on Wednesday after missing Tuesday.
This is the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Bucs and Bears will meet in the regular season, with the Bears having won four of the matchups. Everyone remembers the 20-19 loss last season where Tom Brady appeared to forget what down it was as the Bucs tried to get in field goal range late in the game. This time, it's rookie quarterback Justin Fields who will try to steal the win against the Buccaneers.
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