Antonio Brown, WR (FA)

Missing another practice

Brown (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Brown is unlikely to practice in any fashion this week after Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians admitted Wednesday that the seven-time Pro Bowler is "doubtful" for Sunday's contest against the Falcons. The game in Atlanta would mark the sixth straight absence over a seven-week stretch for Brown, who was initially projected to be sidelined six weeks due to his ankle sprain. According to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, Arians acknowledged that Brown is contending with a heel issue in addition to the ankle sprain, which has resulted in a longer recovery timeline than expected. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Buccaneers are now expecting Brown to be sidelined for two more weeks, making the team's Week 15 game against the Saints on Dec. 19 the new target date for his return to the lineup.

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