The Pittsburgh Steelers and wideout Antonio Brown are going to face the rival Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, but Brown still isn’t sure if he’ll actually be able to take the field.
“Steelers WR Antonio Brown plans to test his toe later today to determine whether he can play tonight vs. Bengals,” wrote ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Still as questionable as his injury designation.”
Brown was at his absolute best against the Green Bay Packers in his last appearance. He made an incredible toe-drag catch on the sidelines with just seconds remaining, setting up a 53-yard Chris Boswell field goal.
“I told A.B., I’ve been around a lot of great receivers,” said Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh after that game, per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I was with Odell [Beckham Jr.] in New York, I was with Martavis [Bryant], [Sammy] Watkins and [DeAndre] Hopkins at Clemson. That catch might have been the best catch I’ve ever seen in person.”
This game against the Bengals doesn’t look that tough on paper. The Bengals are just 5-6 on the year, beating only the winless Cleveland Browns in the AFC North. The Steelers are 9-2 and considered a potential Super Bowl contender.
That said, the game against Green Bay, without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, also looked easy on paper. Brett Hundley and the Packers gave them everything they could handle, and it took a stunning catch by Brown to bail them out. In the past two games alone, Brown has 20 catches for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns. If he’s not able to play on Monday night, the game could get a lot tighter.