Buccaneers rebut Antonio Brown's claims about injury cover-up: 'He was cleared to play'

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Antonio Brown was officially released from the Buccaneers connected Thursday aft his Week 17 mid-game meltdown.

After the Buccaneers crippled vs. the Jets successful which Brown ran disconnected the field, caput manager Bruce Arians told reporters that Brown was chopped from the team. However, the Buccaneers took until Thursday to officially merchandise the wide receiver.

This week, Brown has taken to societal media to stock his broadside of the story, stating that his ankle wounded he's been dealing with for the bulk of the play had not improved up of past Sunday's game. The Buccaneers released a statement connected Thursday aft releasing Brown, stating that "he was cleared to play." The squad besides said it tried to docket an valuation with an orthopedic specialist, but Brown has not "complied." Here's the afloat statement:

MORE: Antonio Brown claims helium was "cut" by Bucs after refusing to play injured

Additionally, Arians spoke to the media connected Thursday and said the squad was not made alert of however terrible Brown's ankle wounded was, arsenic Brown's been describing it.

"At nary constituent successful clip during that crippled did [Brown] ever inquire his trainer oregon doc astir his ankle. He ne'er went done — that's the mean protocol. You got done protocols during games. I was ne'er notified of it," Arians said.

MORE: Antonio Brown goes disconnected connected societal media, takes purpose astatine Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, Alex Guerrero

Arians past went connected to explicate what happened connected the sidelines that time from his constituent of view, saying that Brown got upset astatine halftime astir who was being targeted. He lone had 3 receptions for 26 yards successful the clip helium played.

In the 3rd quarter, erstwhile the meltdown happened, Brown refused to spell successful the game, Arians said. That's erstwhile Arians told him to get disconnected the tract due to the fact that helium was done.

MORE: Antonio Brown's timeline of trouble

Brown released a connection done his lawyer connected Wednesday which stated that Brown plans to get ankle country after the season. His aboriginal successful the NFL is inactive uncertain. Here's the afloat connection from Brown:

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