Friday late update: Brate is still expected to play in the Super Bowl, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brates back injury was better on Friday and unless he has another setback, he should be ready to go.
Friday update: Brate didn’t practice on Friday after getting a full practice on Wednesday and being limited on Thursday with a back injury. But despite the big downgrade throughout the week, he is still listed as questionable on the final injury report, per Rick Stroud.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers injury report for Thursday lists tight end Cameron Brate as limited with a back injury. This is a new addition to the report, so is worth keeping an eye on. In all likelihood, they are just being extra careful with everyone as they prepare for the Super Bowl, but if he is listed on their final injury report tomorrow, he could be limited as long as he plays.
Brate has actually taken over the offensive tight end roll in the Buccaneers three playoff games, as he has seen 16 targets, catching 11 for 149 yards and a touchdown. Gronkowski on the other hand, has fielded seven targets and caught two for 43 yards.
Tanner Hudson is the TE3, so could see some playing time if Brate isn’t a full go, but as long as he is, we should expect Brate to continue being a solid piece of the offense. If Brate does end up unable to play, the majority of the work would fall back in Gronk’s lap.