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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially terminated the contract of wide receiver Antonio Brown after he infamously ran off the field mid-game on Sunday.

Brown threw his jersey and gear into the stands before running off the field during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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The Bucs announced Brown's termination on Thursday, after the wide receiver claimed he was fired by head coach Bruce Arians for refusing to play on a broken ankle.

The team denied knowing he was hobbled by an ankle injury.

The Bucs said in a prepared statement:

"While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday's game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play."

Brown is free to sign a contract with another NFL team.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said receiver Antonio Brown was no longer on the roster after he tossed his jersey and pads into the stands before departing mid-game.

Brown threw a tantrum on the sideline and headed to the locker room after he twice refused to re-enter Sunday's game against the NY Jets.

After the game, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said the star wide receiver "is no longer a Buc".

However, as of Tuesday, Brown still was not waived by the Buccaneers. Now the Bucs say that he remains on the roster.

Sports analysts speculate that the Bucs are keeping Brown on the roster to block other NFL teams from signing him.

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Brown's NFL career is in doubt after a series of bad decisions and poor judgment over the years.

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Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens says he's ready to step in to replace Brown if the Bucs will give him a try out.

The 48-year-old retired wide receiver said on his podcast Tuesday that he is "absolutely" ready to replace Brown.