Antonio Brown Injury: Latest Updates on Steelers WR's Ankle

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 21:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball while defended by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Antonio Brown was injured during Sunday's game against the New York Giants, and his future is uncertain.

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:48 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown was not listed as an inactive for Sunday's game at the Baltimore Ravens.

#Steelers inactives include Roethlisberger, Woodley, Mendenhall, Leftwich, Cotchery, Mike Adams.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) December 2, 2012

Good news for the Steelers as they will need whatever healthy body is available. Brown is the best receiver on the Steelers roster because of his ability to do it all on the field.

His presence will give Charlie Batch another weapon at his disposal, a weapon that he will desperately need to use early and often. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

All signs continue to point toward Brown's return on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times states the wide receiver is fully expecting to play in Week 13.

WR Antonio Brown said he is definitely playing this weeks after missing three games with sprained ankle.

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 28, 2012

Barring a late setback, Brown will be back out there against the Ravens. The playmaker will be welcomed back with open arms by fantasy owners.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 12:33 p.m. ET

Great news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Antonio Brown is expected to practice tomorrow and play in Week 13, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

Antonio Brown will practice Wed and sked to play. Also Troy Polamalu will practice possibly play

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 27, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:46 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Antonio Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich via Twitter:

#Steelers inactives: QBs Leftwich & Roethlisberger, CB Van Dyke, S Polamalu, OT Gilbert, WRs Brown & Cotchery. #Browns #NFL

— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) November 25, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 9:09 a.m. ET

Antonio Brown reportedly won't play today against the Cleveland Browns, according to NBC's Mike Florio.

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown returned to practice after missing two games with a sprained ankle this week.  But he won’t be returning to game action just yet.

Per a league source, Brown will not play on Sunday against the Browns.

Brown practiced all week on a limited basis, and he made the trip to Cleveland. 

NFL's Aditi Kinkhabwala supports Florio's report:

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is out today. Tried to push it this week, but no luck.

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 25, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, November 23 at 1:44 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Antonio Brown seems ready to play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but he remains questionable, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown had a really good practice and said he may play Sunday. "If Coach Tomlin let's me. It's his decision."

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 23, 2012

It is good that Brown feels ready to play, but coach Mike Tomlin is known for keeping players out until they are healthy. He might consider it a smart idea to hold him out one more week until the receiver is at full strength. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 1:53 p.m. ET

Antonio Brown (ankle) was a limited participant in practice today, according to CBS Sports' Dave Richard.

Antonio Brown limited for the second straight day in practice. Might have a chance to play, further complicating his Fantasy owners' lives.

— Dave Richard (@daverichard) November 22, 2012

Beaver County Times' Mike Bires went on to suggest that Brown won't play Sunday.

Steelers list WR Antonio Brown and DE Ziggy Hood as limited today. AB was very very limited. He won't play in Cleveland.

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 22, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 1:15 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Brown has made progress in his recovery from an ankle injury, potentially setting him up to return in Week 12.

Working their way back: A. Brown had good work today, could be ? for Sunday.

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 20, 2012

Check back as the week goes on, but it's a good sign that there is already optimism. Fantasy owners should have other options ready, though.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

As expected, wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out of Pittsburgh's Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens, per Michael Fabiano of

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are both INACTIVE.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 19, 2012

Without the explosive Brown in the lineup, coupled with the loss of Ben Roethlisberger under center, the Steelers will have their hands full trying to come out on top against their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens.

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

The bad news on the injury front continues to fall upon the Pittsburgh Steelers as the team will reportedly be without star wide receiver Antonio Brown for two weeks, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, the team’s MVP in 2011, could be back from a sprained ankle in two weeks, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Brown sprained the ankle two weeks ago in a game against the Giants.  It wasn’t expected to be serious at the time, but he has missed two games, and he likely will miss next Sunday’s game at Cleveland.

Brown was the Steelers best all-around receiver and playmaker, and, coupled with the injury to starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, may be too much for Pittsburgh to overcome this week.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Missi Matthews of reports Brown has been ruled out for Week 11. Pittsburgh will have to take on the rival Ravens without him.

OUT: WR Antonio Brown (ankle), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), S Troy Polamalu (calf), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder)

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) November 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:10 p.m. ET

Antonio Brown (ankle) is currently questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, according to Beaver County Times' Mike Bires per Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Tomlin says that wide receiver Antonio Brown (sprained ankle) is also questionable

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 11:48 a.m. ET

Awful news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Antonio Brown's ankle injury could keep him out of action for more than just one game, according to NBC's Mike Florio.

To no surprise, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Chiefs.  To some surprise, his ankle injury is bad enough that it could cause him to miss, per a source with knowledge of the situation, a few games.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

With Mike Tomlin already noting that Brown was questionable with an ankle sprain, Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times is assuming it is extremely unlikely Brown will play this week:

With Antonio Brown all but out and Chris Rainey questionable at best, WR Emmanuel Sanders set to return kicks. #steelers #tomlin

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 6, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not confident about Antonio Brown's ability to play this Sunday.

The Steelers quoted Tomlin on their Twitter account, and the coach expressed doubt regarding the speedy wide receiver:

"On an injury standpoint, @antoniobrown84 has an ankle sprain, which puts his participation in question" Coach Tomlin

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 6, 2012

Brown has an extra day to try to recover, as the Steelers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at home on Monday Night Football

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The term "high ankle sprain" usually does not bode well for an athlete, but Antonio Brown's ankle injury may not be too serious. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reported the following on the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver's injury:

“@gdub21: @edbouchette any info on the antonio brown injury?” ... Tomlin says its 'mild' hi ankle sprain

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 5, 2012

His ability to return to the field next week is still uncertain, but Brown will certainly want to be in the lineup in order to pad his stats against a struggling Kansas City Chiefs team.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:15 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Antonio Brown has reportedly told the media that he has the dreaded high ankle sprain but might be able to return next week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

From Mike Garafolo of The Star Ledger:

Antonio Brown said high ankle sprain but back next week. That doesn't add up but whatever.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 5, 2012

Garafolo is right that this doesn't add up. High ankle sprains are usually much too severe to recover from in a week. There is undoubtedly more news coming from this front, so we'll be sure to keep you updated.

NBC Sports' Mike Florio later went on to report that Brown does not have a high ankle sprain:

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown threw reporters a curve ball after Sunday’s win over the Giants, saying that he has a high ankle sprain but that he’ll play next Monday night against the Chiefs.

Per a league source, it’s not a high ankle sprain. And it’s not regarded as severe.

So Brown could play next week against the one-win Chiefs at Heinz Field.

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According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has an ankle injury but should be able to return:

WR Antonio Brown has a left ankle injury, but his return is "probable". #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) November 4, 2012

Prior to the injury, Brown had two catches for 19 yards in the game. His presence on offense is definitely important; considering Pittsburgh's banged-up backfield right now, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs all the playmakers he can get.

For the year, Brown leads the Steelers with 40 receptions and 480 yards, although he only has one touchdown.

Pittsburgh is well prepared to deal with an extended injury at receiver, though, as the team has plenty of depth at the position with Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders. In addition, tight end Heath Miller is one of the best in the NFL at his position and should help in the passing game.

However, Brown is a unique threat downfield. He provides great speed and would leave a hole in the offense and in the punt return game if he is out.

Check back for more updates on the receiver. 


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