Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown injured his left calf on Sunday against the New England Patriots but for a brief moment it appeared as if the Steelers had dodged a bullet with news that X-rays were negative.
Unfortunately, that optimism didn’t hold for long. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin indicated that he wouldn’t return to the game despite a questionable designation at halftime and then the team announced that Brown had to be transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for further evaluation, according to a report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Brown will not return to the game, though the Steelers do hold an edge early in the second half with the Patriots driving to start the third quarter.
With potential home-field advantage in the postseason on the line, the Steelers had certainly hoped for Brown to be a major part of their offensive gameplan as he would normally be. Instead, they’ll have to find ways to redistribute their offensive workload and find mismatches to take advantage of in the biggest regular-season game of the year.
And if Brown is out long-term, they’ll have to use tonight as a proving ground for Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey.