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Bucs WR Antonio Brown out, DT Vita Vea to return Sunday

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Green Bay with a knee injury, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday.

Brown played just 29 snaps in Sunday’s divisional playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. He caught one pass for 10 yards and was targeted three times.

Brown, 32, was limited to 33 snaps in the wild-card victory against Washington, catching two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro signed with Tampa Bay on Oct. 27 and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four scores in eight games in the regular season.

The Bucs got good news on Friday with the activation of defensive tackle Vita Vea, enabling him to play against the Packers. Vea, 25, suffered a broken lower leg on Oct. 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season, but the team designated him for return from IR on Monday.

In a corresponding move, the Buccaneers waived guard Earl Watford, who was signed on Jan. 15 and was inactive last weekend against New Orleans.

–Field Level Media

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