Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he's eyeing the Buccaneers' Week 13 game against the Falcons for Brown's (ankle) potential return to the lineup, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. "[Brown is] moving around a lot better," Arians said. "He's able to put more weight on the heel [of his injured ankle] and bounce around on it some. We've got our fingers crossed."
Arians didn't definitively rule Brown out for the Buccaneers' upcoming game Sunday in Indianapolis, but the coach made it apparent that the wideout is trending toward a fifth straight absence after he was listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the team's initial Week 12 practice report. Barring a dramatic step forward in his on-field work the next two days, Brown will likely be officially ruled out for Sunday's contest on Friday, but on a more fortunate note, the seven-time Pro Bowler looks on pace to return for the stretch run of the regular season. Tyler Johnson has served as Tampa Bay's primary No. 3 receiver while Brown has been sidelined, but he may face more competition for reps this weekend after Scotty Miller (toe) was reinstated from injured reserve Tuesday.