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Antonio Brown (knee) ruled out for Buccaneers in NFC Championship

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) will not play in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians announced.

What It Means:

Arians said Thursday that Brown would be a game-time decision but that apparently won't be the case. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson are both expected to take on larger roles with Brown on the sidelines. Johnson out-snapped Miller 15-8 last week but Miller had a 2-1 edge in targets. Since the Buccaneers' bye, Miller has out-targeted Johnson 13-4.

Brown has commanded an 18.23 percent target share, the third-highest on the team, since making his Buccaneers debut in Week 9. Johnson is adding 0.93 Reception Net Expected Points per target for the entire season, compared to 0.74 from Miller. The Packers allowed the sixth-fewest FanDuel points per game to the wide receiver position during the regular season and their pass defense ranks 13th in numberFire's scheduled-adjusted metrics.