Steelers WR Antonio Brown ruled out for Sunday game against Denver
January 15, 2016 9:43 AM
Antonio Brown flat on the field after taking a hit from the Bengals' Vontaze Burfict at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday night.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown will miss the AFC divisional round game against the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon because of a concussion, the Steelers announced on their Twitter account this morning.
Brown, who was concussed late in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 18-16 victory against Cincinnati Saturday night, did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. The Steelers were holding out hope that he would be able to practice today and play, but Brown did not pass through the NFL concussion protocol in order to be cleared to play.
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Brown had 16 catches for 189 yards against the Broncos when the teams met last month at Heinz Field.
Brown was injured on an illegal shoulder to helmet hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict was penalized 15 yards for the hit, which helped set up the Steelers’ winning field goal. He also was suspended for the first three games of next season by the NFL for that hit and others that took place during the season.
The Steelers will announce their full status report later this afternoon following practice. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a shoulder injury, also the result of a hit from Burfict. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he is expected to test his shoulder by throwing today.
Running back DeAngelo Williams, who missed the Bengals game with a right foot injury, has not yet practiced and is not expected to play in Denver.
Without Brown, the Steelers will turn to second-year receiver Martavis Bryant and third-year receiver Markus Wheaton for more production.
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