Bruce Arians won't address futures of Antonio Brown, Mike Edwards until after suspensions

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TAMPA, Fla. — Leaving open the possibility of eventually cutting ties with receiver Antonio Brown and/or safety Mike Edwards, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Friday he will not address the future of either player until after they serve their three-game suspensions for misrepresenting their COVID-19 vaccination status.

“All right, obviously we’ve got two guys suspended,” Arians said. (The third suspended player, former Buc receiver John Franklin III, is a free agent.) “The league did their due diligence, and we move on. I will not address those guys for the next three weeks. They’ll just be working out, and we’ll address their future at that time.

“Other than that, there’s really nothing to say.”

Arians said the Bucs have been among the best teams in the league at handling the pandemic and was the first in the NFL to proclaim his team 100% vaccinated before the 2021 season.

“Yeah, it pisses me off,” he said. “But it is what it is. We’ve done everything. I mean, everything. There’s a lot more to that story, but I just hope that they don’t stop looking.”


When asked if he felt there were other issues throughout the league with the vaccination status of players, Arians said, “maybe.’'

Arians said the Bucs have turned their focus to Sunday’s game at Atlanta. Brown was expected to miss the next two games with an ankle injury, and Edwards likely would have been out with a knee strain.

“It’s going to be on the Falcons,” Arians said. “Two guys, as we look at it, they’re hurt, you know? I will say this, the last two years, I don’t know that there’s been a team better against COVID than we have been. This is a setback because of what happened. But we’ve done an amazing job. We haven’t had an outbreak in a position room. So I’m very happy about that.”

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