Steelers' Antonio Brown likely out until the playoffs with calf tear

Ruben Hill
Декабря 19, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) is hit by New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) in the first quarter at Heinz Field.

After the game, reports indicated Brown was diagnosed with a partially torn calf muscle that would not require surgery, and that he could return to play this season. The 29-year-old took to social media on Monday to voice his optimism about the situation, while the injury a "minor setback". If the Steelers are able to secure the second seed in the AFC postseason picture, Brown would have a full month, if needed, to fully recovery from the injury.

Yes, he will likely still miss the final two games of the regular season, but this gives him a good chance to be effective for the playoffs - and potentially 100 percent for a possible rematch with the Patriots.

Earlier in the game, Brown caught his 100th pass of the season to become the only player in National Football League history with 100 receptions in five consecutive seasons. With Brown out, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers will assume Brown's duties.

There were a few guys who stepped up, but maybe none more than Le'Veon Bell, who ended up as the game's leading rusher with 117 yards on 24 carries (4.9 average) and a 3-yard touchdown run, and he also was the No. 2 receiver with five catches for another 48 yards.

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant finished the contest with four catches for 59 yards and a lovely one-handed touchdown against defensive back Stephon Gilmore.

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