What Does Antonio Brown's Injury Mean for Fantasy Owners, Steelers?

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystNovember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fends off Stevie Brown #27 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have already suffered through a number of injuries at running back that have forced the team to go to the air more often in 2012, and now those injuries have apparently made their way to the wide-receiver position as well.

As the Associated Press reported via Fox News, third-year pro Antonio Brown, who led the team with 480 receiving yards entering their Week 9 game with the New York Giants, suffered an ankle injury in the first half, and as the contest progressed, Brown went from probable to questionable to doubtful to return—casting, well, doubt over his availability for Week 10.

Brown will undoubtedly undergo an MRI on Monday, and until we know with certainty what sort of ankle injury the 24-year-old has, it's somewhat premature to speculate on how long Brown might potentially be out of action.

That doesn't mean I'll let that stop me, however

The fact that Brown didn't return to a tight contest with the Giants doesn't exactly inspire the warm and fuzzies, nor does the fact that his prognosis for doing so got worse as the game went on, which would appear to indicate that the ankle swelled up.

For the Steelers, the injury, while unfortunate, isn't a devastating one, assuming that Brown won't be sidelined for a hugely significant amount of time.

The Steelers are one of the deeper teams in the National Football League at wide receiver, and Emmanuel Sanders is a capable player who can fill the void left by Brown quite nicely until Brown returns.

In fact, it's in Sanders' direction that fantasy owners of Antonio Brown may wish to look as well, since the third-year pro is likely available in the majority of fantasy football leagues and should serve as a decent Band-Aid until Brown returns.