Antonio Brown Partially Tears Calf, Expected Back For The Playoffs

The Steelers suffered a serious injury scare in their stunning defeat at the hands of the Patriots. The league’s best receiver Antonio Brown exited the game in the second quarter and got tests taken at a nearby hospital. Now the team has learned that the 29-year-old has partially torn his calf muscle and is expected to miss at least one week of game action, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). However, Schefter adds that Brown is likely to be back with the Steelers for the postseason.

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This is great news for a Steelers team that relies on Brown for much of their offensive production. Brown has been performing like a legitimate MVP candidate in 2017, but seemed to have suffered a serious injury when he left today’s game vs. New England. However, while Brown may be unable to finish the regular season, their star playmaker is expected back for postseason football, which puts the Steelers in a much better position moving forward.

Although, the injury could increase the urgency for the first round bye. After dropping today’s game, the Steelers are now in serious danger of losing their top two spot, especially knowing that the Jaguars own the tiebreaker head-to-head.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will have to rely on the team’s other young wideouts, Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster, to help offset the loss. You can also expect Le’Veon Bell to shoulder even more of the load in the passing game than he already does. Pittsburgh has two favorable matchups to end the season as the team is set to play Houston and Cleveland in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively.

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18 comments on “Antonio Brown Partially Tears Calf, Expected Back For The Playoffs

  1. ThePriceWasRight

    Glad it’s not serious and ivwouldnt worry with the Texans and Brown’s about dropping lower than the second seed.

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    • ThePriceWasRight

      it looked bad when it happened and He could not put any wait.

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  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Yinzers are all whining about the wrong play. James didn’t catch the ball clean, so be it.

    But, that was obvious defensive pass interference that lead to the interception. Rogers was falling and it hit off his body instead of his hands because he was pushed.

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    • ThePriceWasRight

      didn’t it go off the pats players hand? and I see feet tangled not a push

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    • madmanTX

      It was a clean catch and he broke the plane before his landing made him fumble–fumble, not an incomplete catch. Bad reversal.

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      • jmi1950

        The refs have been totally consistent on this rule. From Megatron to Dez and 30 or 40 other similar rulings, it is not a catch unless the receiver controls the ball all the way to the ground. Many think the rule should be changed but if Jerry Jones could not get it changed after the Cowboys lost a playoff game on this rule, it is here to stay.

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      • ThePriceWasRight

        It’s not a catch unless you control it going to the ground. the rule is clear. besides in your argument, how do you fumble after crossing the goal line ?

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    • Big Poison

      There you go with that crap again. It’s not just yinzers. Everyone outside of Boston is saying it. Everyone. You are pretentious.

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      • jmi1950

        Big Poison — the crap is people like you who determine whether or not it is a catch by which team is helped. Ryan Clark just said it was the right call under the rules and neither he nor Louis Riddick could not see anyway the rule could be changed without leaving it up to a judgement call by the refs.

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    • JT19

      Push offs happen all the time in the NFL. Drawing a flag for it (whether its offensive or defensive) really depends on how obvious it is. I can see your point, it does look like he gets pushed a bit (although it might be feet getting tangled, which would make it incidental contact) but its not an obvious push-off and the corner is also making a play on the ball. I mean Ben got a little too cute with that play there. Considering Rogers was the only one running a route and was running essentially into triple coverage, you have to throw the ball away there at that point. It wasn’t there when Ben originally wanted to throw it and instead of throwing it away he kind of forced it into an extremely tight window.

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      • PasswordIsPassword

        Gronk pushes off all the time, you are correct.

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  3. bush5104

    Waaa waaaa waaaaaa. The game is 3 hours old and I’m already tired of hearing the whining and excuses from the Yinzers. Maybe if they made the interception before the GOAT drives NE down the field for the leading score, none of the excuses are needed??

    Typical Pittsburghers playing the woe-is-me-and-the-league-hates-us card.

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    • jmi1950

      What do you expect from Steeler fans, when Tomlin is still complaining that the league won’t allow him to step out on the field and obstruct opposing kick returners.

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    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Sorry, I know Mass Holes would rather defend indefensible cheating and say lots of racist stuff instead of listening to whining.

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  4. steelman

    What is a touchdown anymore? Irregardless, catch the interception and game was over at that point. Double cover shrek or just kick the field goal! Bad call bad rule but no excuse!

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  5. 1090198

    The fact that the steeler did almost everything right in this game and still lost does not bode well for a future game.Can’t see them playing this good against them again this year

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