The bad news for the Steelers is that safety Troy Polamalu will miss his seventh game of the season with a calf injury. The good news is that the Steelers finally are playing better without him.
After bottoming out at 7-9 in the 16 games played without Polamalu since 2009, the Steelers have won three in a row without the perennial All Pro.
Joining Polamalu as scratches for Monday night are (as previously mentioned) receiver Antonio Brown, along with T Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring).
Doubtful for Pittsburgh is running back Rashard Mendenhall, who missed the first three games of the season while finishing his recovery from a torn ACL and three more after suffering an Achilles injury. He’ll likely miss his seventh game of the year, too.
Linebacker Chris Carter (abdomen) is questionable, and running back Jonathan Dwyer (quadricep), running back Chris Rainey (rib), and kicker Shaun Suisham (left ankle) are all probable.