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Report: Concern over ankle injury led to bizarre Antonio Brown incident

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It turns out there is more than meets the eye regarding the outburst of Antonio Brown on Sunday afternoon.

In case you missed it, the now ex-Bucs receiver suddenly ripped his uniform and shoulder pads off on the sidelines midway through the third quarter of the team’s 28-24 win over the New York Jets, threw his shirt into the crowd and left the field and the arena.

A clearly angry Bruce Arians told the media that Brown is no longer a member of the team. So what led to such a bizarre incident?

According to NFL network insider Ian Rappaport, this is what transpired.

“Midway through the game yesterday, Bruce Arians and the offensive staff told Antonio Brown to go into the game. They believed he was healthy,” Rapoport said. “Antonio Brown did not believe he was healthy. He had been battling an ankle injury for the last several weeks. He did not practice Thursday, did not practice Friday, and I know personally had some doubts whether or not he would be able to be out there and play.

“What he told the staff, from what I understand, is he was not going into the game because in his mind he did not feel he was healthy. The response then from the offensive coaches and from Bruce Arians was if you are not going to go into the game when we tell you to go into the game then you cannot be here. At that point, they threw him off the sidelines and then cut him from the team.

Brown, who was participating in first game since Week 6 due to a suspension and injury issues, has yet to comment publicly on the incident.

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Packers on verge of signing All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander to lucrative four-year extension

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Jaire Alexander is about to get paid!

According to reports, the Green Bay Packers have finalized their star cornerback to a lucrative four-year, $84 million contract extension that pays him an annual average value of $21 million.

The deal includes a massive $30 million signing bonus, which is the record for largest signing bonus giving to a defensive back.

The 25-year old, who was selected 18th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, has amassed 184 combined tackles, 44 passes defended, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles over a span of four seasons and 48 games with the franchise.

He is also a one-time Pro Bowl and was selected to a Second-team All-Pro in 2020.


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Buccaneers to face Seahawks in NFL’s first ever game in Germany

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The NFL is finally coming to Germany next season, and the league’s biggest star will grace them with his presence.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to take on the Seattle Seahawks at 9:30 a.m. ET on November 13 at Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium is home to Bundesliga powerhouse FC Bayern.

The league also announced a handful of other international games in multiple countries.

United Kingdom:

  • New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings on October 2, and Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants on October 9 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs Denver Broncos on October 30 at Wembley Stadium in London.

Mexico:

  • Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers on November 21 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for Monday Night Football.


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Ravens trade receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their receiving core in a big way!

The team announced that they have acquired wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a 2022 third round pick (100th overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Subsequently, the Ravens ended up trading the 23rd overall pick they received in the deal to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills then used the pick to select cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Florida.

Brown, 24, recorded 195 receptions, 2361 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns over a span of 46 games and three seasons with the Ravens from 2019-2021.

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