Antonio Brown Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Concussion and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs during their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was forced to exit against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card Round after taking a vicious hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. He would not play in the playoffs.

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Brown Clears Concussion Protocol

Friday, Jan. 15

Steelers owner Art Rooney said Brown has cleared the concussion protocol, per Bob Labriola of Steelers Digerst.

Brown Comments After Injury

Monday, Jan. 11

Jones Comments on Brown's Injury

Monday, Jan. 11

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday and stated that he wants to give Brown a Grammy, in addition to an Oscar, because he believes Brown was faking the injury.

Brown Suffers Concussion vs. Bengals

Monday, Jan. 11 

The play can be seen at the 6:29 mark of the following video:

While the hit on Brown—combined with a personal foul on Jonesultimately pushed the Steelers into range for the game-winning field goal, it came at a steep cost.

Brown Was Vital to Steelers' Super Bowl Hopes

As usual, Brown was electric in the win over Cincinnati, finishing with seven catches for 119 yards to lead all Steelers receivers. However, Martavis Bryant hauled in five passes for 29 yards, ripped off a 44-yard run and snagged a spectacular tumbling 10-yard score. Performances like those from the fringe superstar can help ease the Steelers' nerves just a bit as Brown is nursed back to full strength.

Markus Wheaton and Bryant served as Pittsburgh's first-team wideouts before they were eliminated by the Denver Broncos.