We had heard that a player from the Buccaneers might not have properly presented proper information on their vaccination status. Now, we’ve learned that more than one Tampa Bay Buccaneer has been suspended for violations.
According to ESPN.com, Buccaneer wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended three games without pay for allegedly falsifying his vaccine status. Tampa Bay safety Mike Edwards has also found himself suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
Brown had been out for the past few games because of an ankle injury. He’ll be able to take advantage of this time to allow that injury to heal. He already had been expected to miss the next two games for that reason. Receiver Breshad Perriman was signed to the active squad to fill the roster position.
Mike Edwards and Antonio Brown will be eligible to return to the team for the Buccaneers’ game against the Carolina Panthers on December 26. A third player connected to the Buccaneers, receiver John Franklin III, was also suspended for three games. Franklin was waived by the Buccaneers before the season and is now a free agent. If a team signs him, he’ll be ineligible to play for three games. None of the three players planned to appeal the suspension. All three reportedly are now vaccinated.
NFL has suspended Bucs players Antonio Brown, Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin three games for violating COVID protocols. pic.twitter.com/WGTjP9ZbPk— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) December 2, 2021