Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended for the next three games for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Bucs safety Mike Edwards and free agent receiver John Franklin III were also suspended by the NFL on Thursday, and both players are ineligible to play the next three weeks. All three players have accepted the discipline, and they will not appeal.
The NFL and NFLPA put out a joint statement on Thursday.
“The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority,” the statement said. “The protocols were jointly developed working with our respective experts to ensure that we are practicing and playing football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic. The NFL-NFLPA jointly reinforce their commitment and further emphasize the importance of strict adherence to the protocols to protect the well-being of everyone associated with the NFL.”
The Buccaneers also put out a statement regarding the situation.
“We appreciate the league’s timely handling of this matter and recognize the importance of the health and safety protocols that have been established. We will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols,” the Buccaneers statement said.