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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is dealing with a calf injury.

Antonio Brown reportedly won’t be ready if Steelers play on wild-card weekend

Ryan Wooden

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t play in either of the team’s final two regular season games — and it appears that absence might extend into the postseason.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday that if Pittsburgh can’t secure a first-round bye, Brown will not be ready to return on wild-card weekend.

The Steelers have a one-game lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars for a first-round bye at the moment, but the Jaguars have the tiebreaker in hand because of an early-season victory over Pittsburgh. If the Steelers keep winning, they’re fine. But a loss and two Jacksonville wins, and Pittsburgh won’t get a week or rest.

Brown was injured against the New England Patriots in Week 15 when he took a knee to the calf. He had to be carried off the field and into the locker room and eventually transported to the hospital, but the Steelers ultimately got good news that the injury wasn’t too serious.

There’s still no guarantee that Brown will be ready to return by the divisional-round weekend, but a bye has become the most-important remaining element to their season because it gives the superstar receiver more time to get healthy for a championship charge.