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Vita Vea in, Antonio Brown out for Bucs in NFC title game

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown, left, gets past Atlanta Falcons cornerback Tyler Hall for what proved to be the winning touchdown in the final minutes of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their defense for Sunday’s NFC championship game by activating nose tackle Vita Vea from the reserve/injured list.

The third-year pro has been sidelined since early October with a broken ankle. He resumed practicing with the Bucs this week and will be available this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.

He recorded 10 tackles and two sacks in the first five games of season before suffering the injury.

Coach Bruce Arians said receiver Antonio Brown will not make the trip to Green Bay because of a knee injury suffered during last week’s division playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.

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