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Buccaneers activate Vea off IR, rule Brown (knee) out for Sunday against the Packers

by Mike Spector | Buccaneers Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 22nd 1:47pm EST

Per Ian Rapoport's Twitter page, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made two key roster announcements for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. The Buccaneers have ruled out wide receiver Antonio Brown after he suffered a knee injury in last week's game over the Saints. In addition, the team announced they are activating defensive tackle Vita Vea from injured reserve. (Ian Rapoport)

Betting Impact:

The Buccaneers have floated between +3 and +3.5 point road underdogs against the Packers, per BettingPros consensus odds. The spread is currently at +3.5 and has not moved as a result of Brown's and Vea's news. This suggests that there is already respected money on the Buccaneers, and oddsmakers likely figure they would be flooded with more Tampa Bay money if they moved the line to +4. The most interesting line movement in the last 48 hours is in the total which currently stands at 52. This is the highest the total has been all week, after opening at 51 and dipping briefly to 50.5 earlier in the week. Both the absence of Brown and the presence of Vea would in theory make for a lower-scoring game, but thus far bettors have backed the over with more regularity.

Game: TB at GB Sun Jan 24th, 3:05pm ET | Categories: Transactions, Injuries