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Steelers don’t expect to have Antonio Brown on Monday night

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The Steelers plan to play without their leading receiver and punt returner when they meet the Chiefs on Monday night.

Antonio Brown, who suffered a sprained left ankle on Sunday against the Giants, is unlikely to play against the Chiefs, coach Mike Tomlin said. Tomlin said that the injury limits Brown’s “short-term quickness,” and it’s tough for a receiver and punt returner to play when an ankle injury is slowing him down. Brown leads the Steelers with 42 catches and is their primary punt returner, but they’ll be in good hands with Emmanuel Sanders getting more reps at receiver and taking over the returns while Brown is out. Sanders played well at both receiver and punt returner against the Giants after Brown went down.

Tomlin wouldn’t say so, but the Steelers may also be calculating that they can beat the Chiefs without Brown, and they’d much rather play it safe with him this week so that he can be closer to 100 percent for the following week’s AFC North showdown with the Ravens.

Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has a good chance of playing this week after missing the Giants game with a quad injury, Tomlin said, but running back Rashard Mendenhall may miss another game with an Achilles injury.

Tomlin also said that Ravens game could mark the return of safety Troy Polamalu, who has missed most of the season with a calf injury.

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13 Responses to “Steelers don’t expect to have Antonio Brown on Monday night”
  1. geektriumvirate says: Nov 6, 2012 2:34 PM

    Thats fine, Sanders will take over on Punt Returns and Cotchery will just get more playing time, and plus, its the Chiefs

  2. kravenm3 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:50 PM

    Sanders didn’t score on that punt return….he got tackled by the punter. He did catch a TD in the 2nd QTR though.

  3. greglloydrules says: Nov 6, 2012 2:50 PM

    That’s cool. Give him more time heal and rest and get ready for the Ratbirds. Not overlooking the Chiefs though even if they are 1-7. Don’t want a trap game. 11/18 is gonna be a day of reckoning…..GO STEELERS

  4. cletusvandam says: Nov 6, 2012 2:52 PM

    The Steelers could play against KC without all 22 starters and win, so yeah rest him.

  5. johnnycamparm says: Nov 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    Sanders scored a 63-yard touchdown on a punt return against the Giants after Brown went down?

  6. jeffa43 says: Nov 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    Chiefs are bugging Steelers locker room…

  7. jobotjones says: Nov 6, 2012 3:09 PM

    Manny is lookin good out there so rest AB. Next man up lets get it fellas!

  8. blackngold4life says: Nov 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    “Next Man Up” that’s what we do! #SteelerNation

  9. steelerben says: Nov 6, 2012 3:24 PM

    cletusvandam says:
    Nov 6, 2012 2:52 PM
    The Steelers could play against KC without all 22 starters and win, so yeah rest him.

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    Remember when everyone said that about the Titans? They might be a bad team, but they are still an NFL team.

    That said, I think resting Antonio up is a much smarter move than rushing him out before he is ready. If #43 had sat a week or two, would he have missed so many after reaggrivating the calf? Better to play it safe a game and have him available for the rest of the season and post season.

  10. ironcity6pak says: Nov 6, 2012 3:48 PM

    Play it safe and get him rested. Even though the steelers seem to play at their opponents level, I think they will fare well against the leagues worst team. Getting healthier by the week and at the right time.

  11. timbuttrum says: Nov 6, 2012 4:05 PM

    Who is going to return kickoffs backwards for them?

  12. jjackwagon says: Nov 6, 2012 4:05 PM

    I am pretty sure the Steelers can rest all their starters this week. They should be starting the 2nd string. And you know Haley is going to run the score up on his old boss just to see if he can get Pioli fired. And I hope it works.
    Steelers win by 35 if they play the 2nd string, more if the starters are still in after the first qtr.

  13. dannyreneau says: Nov 6, 2012 5:06 PM

    If the Steelers underestimate the chiefs they could end up knocking them off like they did the Packers last year. I doubt it will happen, but you have to prepare for every team in the NFL cause anything can happen

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