Arians told reporters after the 9-0 loss against the New Orleans Saints that Brown and safety Mike Edwards would rejoin the team after serving a three-game suspension for using fake vaccination cards.
“It’s in the best interest of our football team,” he said, via The Athletic’s Greg Auman. “Both of those guys have served their time and we’ll welcome them back.”
Brown and Edwards, along with free agent John Franklin III, were suspended for three games for violating the league’s health and safety protocols. Brown was accused in a Tampa Bay Times report last month of acquiring a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to avoid the NFL’s health and safety protocols.
The decision to welcome Brown back comes as the Bucs lost two top wide receivers to injuries in Sunday night’s game.
Wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were ruled out of the game in the first half after suffering hamstring and knee injuries, while running back Leonard Fournette, one Brady’s favorite offensive weapons, was ruled out with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.
The incident involving Brown has raised concerns regarding a comment Arians previously made upon signing the embattled NFL player back in 2020, when he sternly said, “He screws up one time, he’s gone.”