Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones previously accused Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown of faking an injury after he exited last weekend's Wild Card Round showdown with a concussion, but he's changed his tune in advance of Pittsburgh's divisional clash with the Denver Broncos.
After Brown was officially ruled out for Sunday's game, as reported by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Jones came through with an apology on Instagram:
In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this week, Jones accused Brown of milking the injury and winking at him while he was down on the ground, as Bleacher Report documented on Instagram:
While it's nice Jones lived up to his word and apologized, the Steelers have more important things to worry about.
Not only is Brown sidelined, but running back DeAngelo Williams is set to miss his second straight game with a foot injury while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is questionable with a right shoulder injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Chris Adamski.
Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman can certainly hold their own, as last weekend exemplified, but the Broncos' defense is as good as they come.
And even though the Steelers posted 34 points against that vaunted unit a few weeks ago, Brown accounted for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the seven-point win.
But as NFL Network's Rich Eisen noted, there's a historical tidbit working in the Steelers' favor:
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With @AntonioBrown84 & @DeAngeloRB out, @Steelers become 1st team to play a playoff game w/o leading WR & RB since the '79 Oilers. They won.2016-1-15 17:48:58
Beyond Eisen's note, the Steelers can take solace in the fact that Denver's offense has underwhelmed all season. The Broncos ranked just 19th in scoring offense (22.2 points per game) and have yet to fully unleash all of their dynamic weapons.
In other words, it won't be terribly surprising if the Steelers and Broncos go down to the wire in a low-scoring affair.