Antonio Brown Says Calf Injury Is a Minor Setback, 'Can't Help but Feel Blessed'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) is helped by a trainer after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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Antonio Brown is choosing a positive outlook despite suffering a calf injury during Sunday's game against the Patriots. The Steelers receiver posted this message on his Twitter account:

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown was diagnosed with a partially torn calf muscle that will likely keep him out at least this week. He is expected to return in time for the postseason.

The Steelers had a chance to clinch a first-round bye with a win Sunday and put themselves in great position for the No. 1 overall seed, but they couldn't hold on against the Patriots. New England scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining, and then Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception in the end zone attempting to throw the game-winning score.

As a result, Pittsburgh is now tied with the Patriots at 11-3 with the 10-4 Jaguars right behind them.

Brown suffered his injury on a collision in the end zone during the second quarter and was taken to the hospital during the second half.

Even if he doesn't return to the field this season, the 29-year-old will likely be named first-team All-Pro for the fourth year in a row. He currently leads the league with 101 catches and 1,533 receiving yards, 220 more yards than anyone else in the NFL.

If he is unable to return to full strength, the Steelers' chances of winning a Super Bowl take a massive hit.

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