Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss Sunday’s playoff game in Denver due to a brain injury suffered late in last weekend’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brown suffered a concussion from a blow to the head by Bengals linebacker Vontez Burfict – a hit that resulted in a three-game suspension for Burfict. He has still not been able to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol, so won’t play against the Broncos. Brown led the Steelers with 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh will also be without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, who has not recovered from a foot injury sustained in the regular-season finale against Cleveland. He and Le’Veon Bell (knee) combined for 1,463 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns this season. Instead, the Steelers will use Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman, who combined for 123 yards against Cincinnati.
Ben Roethlisberger’s status remains unknown after he injured his passing shoulder against Cincinnati. Landry Jones replaced him for much of the second half, but Roethlisberger returned to lead the winning drive.