Antonio Brown is eligible to return to the field Week 9 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would be a game against division rival New Orleans Saints.
But one Saints player isn’t banking on seeing Brown then just yet.
Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan raised skepticism about Brown with what appeared to be a shot at the wide receiver in a comment to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio on Sunday night.
“He’s got to get to Week Nine,” Jordan said.
While it comes across as a tongue-in-cheek shot at Brown, there’s some truth to it as well.
The 30-year-old receiver could face further discipline from the NFL based on evidence that develops from his civil sexual assault lawsuit that is still pending.
In a statement the NFL sent to Florio, the league said, “No conclusions have been reached in the ongoing investigation of that matter.”
Brown is currently finishing up an eight-game suspension and was signed by the Bucs on Friday. The wide receiver has gone through numerous issues, from mental health to sexual misconduct allegations, which has kept him off the field since Week 2 of last year.
There is also the fact that Brown needs to prove he is in game shape come Week 9 since it has been a while since he last played and he joins a team deep with receivers.
If Brown does play, though, perhaps Jordan’s comments serve as bulletin board material for the receiver.
Regardless of whether or not Brown plays a large role for the Bucs in Week 9, the showdown between the Bucs and Saints should still shape up to be a crucial game as both team vie for the top of the NFC South.