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Cameron Brate expected to play in Week 6 vs. Steelers

We break down the news that Cameron Brate has an injury. What it means for Week 6 and beyond.

Cameron Brate #84 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Friday Update: Brate doesn’t carry an injury designation heading into the weekend and is expected to play on Sunday against the Steelers.

Thursday update: Brate was able to get back-to-back full practices in, so should be ready to go this week against the Steelers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struggled to all take the field at the same time this season. Most recently, tight end Cameron Brate has been sidelined with a concussion. He missed the team’s Week 5 game but has a chance to play in Week 6. It has been reported that Brate has started participating in some individual drills as he is working through the concussion protocols and is expected to return in full soon.

Fantasy football implications

Despite Brate having Tom Brady as his quarterback, he doesn't have a ton of fantasy football upside. The duo never seemed to click, which has limited his output both for real-life football and fantasy football. In his absence, rookie tight end Cade Otton had a solid game with six receptions on seven targets for 43 yards.

If you were banking on Brate this week, I don’t know how deep your league is, but it has to be at least 20 teams. There should still be a better option out there, but if he is ruled inactive for the second week in a row, Otton has another good matchup.