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With Antonio Brown out for the next three games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lean on a former first-round pick for help. Tampa Bay has activated veteran receiver Breshad Perriman, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Brown was suspended after violating the league's COVID-19 policy. 

Tampa Bay signed Perriman to its practice squad back in November. Perriman started the season with the Bears but was released by the club after not appearing in a regular-season game. Perriman, who has already been active for two Buccaneers games this season, caught two passes during the team's 30-10 win over the New York Giants back in Week 11. 

The 26th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Perriman broke into the NFL with the Ravens, where he caught 43 passes for 576 yards and two touchdowns in 27 regular-season games. He spent the 2018 season in Cleveland before spending one season apiece in Tampa and New York as a member of the Jets. In 12 games last season, Perriman caught 30 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns. During his first go-around with the Buccaneers, Perriman set career highs with 33 receptions for 645 yards and six touchdowns. 

Tampa Bay's offense enters Sunday's game against the Falcons as the NFL's top-ranked scoring unit. Tom Brady is enjoying an MVP-caliber season, with 3,403 yards and 30 touchdowns passes through 11 games. On Sunday, Brady and the Buccaneers' offense will face an Atlanta defense that is currently 31st in the NFL in scoring, 30th in third-down efficiency and 25th in red-zone efficiency.