By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to get a huge boost next weekend. Wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to return.
Brown has been dealing with a calf injury. He suffered the injury against the New England Patriots in December.
He missed the team’s final two regular season games.
Brown will return to make the Big Three at full strength, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said. He also reports that even if the Steelers would have played in the Wild Card round, he would have been able to play.
Late in the December 16th game against the Patriots, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — who would normally would have gone to Brown had he been in there — had to throw a pass to Jesse James in a controversial ending. The NFL officials said that James did not survive the ground. Then, Roethlisberger threw an interception to Patriots safety Duron Harmon to seal the Patriots victory.
Brown, who is the best wide receiver in the league, gives the Steelers big-play potential that was not there when he was out. Despite only playing in 14 games this season, he led the league with 101 receptions for 1,533 passing yards and nine touchdowns.
Without Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster was the Steelers leading receiver with 75 yards against the Houston Texans on Christmas Day. Then, on New Year’s Eve, he had nine receptions for 143 yards against the woeful Cleveland Browns, who lost all 16 games in 2017.
The Steelers will play the winner of the Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars playoff game on January 14th at 1:05 pm on CBS.
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