Buccaneers Tight End Exits With Concussion

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers absorbed injuries to a couple of key pieces in their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tight End Cameron Brate exited Sunday Night Football after being placed in concussion protocol.

Brate collided with fellow Buccaneers pass-catcher Chris Godwin in the second quarter and remained on the ground for a moment before jogging off the field under his own power. He actually reentered the game briefly, but evidently, he was evaluated during halftime and declared out. The timeline drew criticism from onlookers, particularly given Thursday Night Football's frightening Tua Tagovailoa injury.

Brate had begun to emerge as a trusted receiver for quarterback Tom Brady, notching eight first-half targets Sunday against the Chiefs after a five-catch, 52-yard game in Week 3. He was replaced in the lineup by rookies Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, who combined for an impressive four receptions on five targets for 48 yards in the second half. Should Brate's concussion cost him time going forward, it's possible veteran offseason addition Kyle Rudolph sees additional snaps as well.

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