Game status: Brown and Brate are both ACTIVE for Super Bowl 55.
Game day update: WR Antonio Brown and TE Cameron Brate are both expected to play in the Super Bowl, per Adam Schefter. S Jordan Whitehead did not show up on the final injury report, but will be playing through a fully torn labrum, per Ian Rapoport.
While injuries hit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at various points during the 2020 season, they might have all their key contributors available for Super Bowl LV. Only two players appear on the final injury report, and the team lists both as questionable.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers final injury report
Questionable: TE Cameron Brate (back), WR Antonio Brown (knee)
Notable players on in-week report: LB Jason Pierre Paul (knee), LB Lavonte David (hamstring), S Jordan Whitehead (shoulder), S Antoine Winfield (ankle), WR Mike Evans (knee), WR Chris Godwin (elbow)
How the team’s injuries may affect Bucs in the Super Bowl
Antonio Brown’s status as questionable for Sunday’s game actually represents significant progress. The veteran wideout sat out the NFC Championship Game due to his knee injury, taking away one of quarterback Tom Brady’s most-trusted targets. Brown hasn’t appeared in a Super Bowl since his rookie season, at which point he played primarily on special teams. Accordingly, it seems fairly likely that he will power through and suit up this weekend.
Cameron Brate’s prospects don’t look quite as positive. Whereas Brown practiced in full on Friday, Brate did not manage to take part at all. That doesn’t preclude the veteran tight end from playing in Super Bowl LV, but it raises significant concerns after he practiced on a limited basis the day before.
The best news for the Buccaneers comes on defense, where starting safeties Antoine Winfield and Jordan Whitehead come off the injury report entirely. Winfield missed the NFC title game victory over the Green Bay Packers while Whitehead dropped out during the third quarter. With both back in the fold, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles can take a more aggressive approach with his play calls.