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January 15, 2022
John Brown is back in the NFL just in time for a run to a ring.
The veteran speedster nicknamed “Smokey” has latched onto a new team, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad, the team announced Thursday.
Tampa Bay is the third team Brown has joined in the 2021 season; he appeared in two games with Denver and two with Jacksonville without recording a reception in either contest. Prior to 2021, Brown was a key part of Buffalo’s passing attack, posting his second 1,000-yard season of his career in 2019 before injuries limited his availability in 2020. Buffalo couldn’t afford to risk another health-hampered season from Brown, signing Emmanuel Sanders to replace his role in the Bills offense in 2021.
Brown began his career with the Arizona Cardinals, where Bruce Arians was in charge of the on-field operation when Arizona selected Brown with a third-round pick in 2014. He’ll reunite with the current Buccaneers coach in what is an attempt to build some dependable depth in a receiving room that has suffered losses/temporary absences due to physical ailments (Chris Godwin, Cyril Grayson, Mike Evans) or public outbursts resulting in termination (Antonio Brown).
John Brown shouldn’t be expected to immediately step on the field and become a crucial third element to Tampa Bay’s passing attack, but he’ll at least get some time to learn the basics as a Buccaneer with the chance he’ll be promoted for a playoff game in the weeks ahead. With the Buccaneers anticipating another deep run toward a title defense, having someone like Brown available is wise.
Tampa Bay opens the postseason Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chiefs second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out for Sunday’s Super Wild Card Weekend game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a shoulder injury, Andy Reid announced Friday.
The latest NFL roster and injury news from Friday.
Los Angeles fired special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday. 
The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley Thursday after just one season and a 4-13 record in 2021. On Friday, general manager Nick Caserio said it was his decision to move on from the 66-year-old coach.
Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are unanimous choices for The Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team.
Matthew Stafford has yet to win a playoff game in three chances, but the Rams QB isn’t feeling the pressure entering Monday night’s showdown versus the Cardinals to conclude Super Wild Card Weekend.
Steelers RB Najee Harris missed two practices this week as he deals with an elbow injury, but coach Mike Tomlin said he expects the him to participate in Friday’s session.
The Dallas Cowboys boast the top pair of offensive tackles in the NFL with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins. Ahead of Sunday’s bout with the Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa said he respected the duo but isn’t fretting the task at hand.
In his first comments since being dismissed as head coach of the Giants, Joe Judge expressed gratitude for his two-year tenure in New York.
Check out each team’s injury report for Super Wild Card Weekend of the 2021 NFL season.
The Texans fired head coach David Culley on Thursday after one season with the team. The 66-year-old got his first head coaching opportunity in Houston in 2021, but it lasted just one campaign in which the Texans finished 4-13.
Chris Ballard spoke at length with reporters Thursday following Indianapolis’ stunning, season-ending drubbing at the hands of the Jaguars. He was blunt in his assessment of the team and .
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