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Sport: Report: Buccaneers' Antonio Brown positive for COVID-19, unlikely to play at Rams

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It was learned earlier on Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had placed star wide receiver Antonio Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of this Sunday's matchup at the Los Angeles Rams.

Antonio Brown is dealing with a breakthrough case of COVID. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Antonio Brown is dealing with a breakthrough case of COVID.

ESPN's Adam Schefter (h/t Jenna Laine) has since updated that Brown tested positive for the coronavirus. Along with Brown, inside linebacker/special teams captain Kevin Minter and practice squad receiver Travis Jonsen are also on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

"Kevin and A.B. are both on the COVID list. With A.B., we've got plenty of guys with a proven track record at that position," Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told reporters. "Kevin will be missed as far as special teams, but we've got some young guys ready to roll."

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Brown, Minter and every other Buccaneers player are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning they can return to team activities if they stay asymptomatic and produce two negative virus tests 24 hours apart. Nevertheless, Arians added he's preparing as if both Brown and Minter won't be available against the Rams.

Brown leads Tampa Bay with 23.0 yards per catch on six receptions and is second on the team with 138 receiving yards this season. He caught one touchdown over the first two games of the campaign, both Tampa Bay wins.

The Rams are also 2-0 on the campaign.

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