Ian Rapoport Explains What Really Happened with Antonio Brown

Adam Taylor McKillop
NFL insider Ian Rapoport explained what really happened with Antonio Brown in Week 17.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport explained what really happened with Antonio Brown in Week 17. / Elsa/GettyImages

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown stole all of the NFL's Week 17 headlines when he stormed off the field in an apparent mid-game meltdown on Sunday.

Aside from all of the fallout about his future with the Buccaneers, fans are eager to know what exactly happened. NFL insider Ian Rapoport shed some light on the situation on Monday morning.

What Happened to Antonio Brown?

Rapoport explained that Brown's frustration stemmed from an injury issue. The veteran wide receiver had been dealing with an ankle injury for the past couple of weeks, holding him out of weekly practices.

Head coach Bruce Arians and his staff clearly received clearance from the medical team on Brown's availability considering the seven-time Pro Bowler played in 26 offensive snaps through the third quarter.

When Brown refused to re-enter the game during the third quarter, Arians and his staff told him to leave the field. Of course, we all know the aftermath of his dramatic walk-off after this disagreement.

Tampa Bay stormed back to an exciting 28-24 victory over the New York Jets despite all of the drama. But, this team will have to move forward without Brown on the roster. Arians summed things up simply in his Week 17 postgame press conference, saying "Antonio Brown is no longer a [Buccaneer]."

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