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Report: “Not looking good” for Antonio Brown this week

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

Maybe Antonio Brown does deserve a Grammy.

Because even though Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones accused him of faking a head injury, there are now reports that injury is sufficient to possibly keep him out of the next game.

According to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, it is “not looking good,” that Brown will be available for Sunday’s divisional round game against the Broncos.

The same report has it more likely that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be able to return from his shoulder injury.

The Steelers haven’t made any comment on either player, though there was a more optimistic report on Brown earlier in the week.

Of course, trying to handicap the timeline of the concussion protocol is a waste of time for non-neurologists, as Brown will have to be cleared by someone without a whistle around their neck or a notebook in their back pocket.

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  1. usa98j30t4 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:00 AM

    Here is my prediction. He plays.

  2. ghostrider45 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:01 AM

    Stealers are done…. Thank you Tez. Who DEY!

  3. zombiepatriot says: Jan 12, 2016 9:05 AM

    If the concussion protocol means anything then Brown will be out on Sunday.

    I do wonder how Bernard is doing after the cheap shot illegal hit he took where once again the refs swallowed their whistles and blew the call.

  4. floratiotime says: Jan 12, 2016 9:06 AM

    Is this another fake drama moment? I thought the Steelers were supposed to be tough and above all this stuff? I say he plays.

  5. poison66 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    If he was faking I doubt he’d be going through all this trouble. …..

  6. realdealsteel says: Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    If Brown can walk, he’s playing. That’s the type of guy he is.

  7. cafetero1075 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:10 AM

    Shouldn’t play that game if he is going to play which I expect. Especially with that movie coming out.

  8. metalman5150 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:12 AM

    AB looked like he died a lil bit on impact.
    get healthy, stay off the field a week or two.

  9. codythao35 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    And Pacman said Brown is faking. That’s why Pacman still gets no respect from any one his entire life in the nfl.

  10. headin4seven says: Jan 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    This is no surprise, considering the vicious and illegal hit to his head. Hopefully he can pull through. Burfict’s 3 game suspension is too short.

  11. gregbrotz95 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    Brown is a more severe loss to the Steelers than Ben

  12. billsbackto81 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:14 AM

    Grammy? Lol, last I checked a Grammy is a music award. Guess Antonio won’t be singing the national anthem.

  13. BecauseIdRatherBeACheaterThanALoser says: Jan 12, 2016 9:15 AM

    I’m sure if Brown just calls up Peyton he can get some slap arm for his concussion.

    Warning Antonio; Forehead will grow.

  14. bmoreb says: Jan 12, 2016 9:17 AM

    Dr. P. Jones disagrees with this prognosis.

  15. steelnucs says: Jan 12, 2016 9:17 AM

    Pacman’s complete and total idiocy has been confirmed, although I think we all knew that already…

  16. steelerssmack4u says: Jan 12, 2016 9:19 AM

    I guess PAC-MAN was spot on. Burfict gets on 3 games as a repeat offender. Yes, the NFL endorses the “CRIMINAL ELEMENT” & players get a lot more time than that for smoking weed.

  17. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 12, 2016 9:20 AM

    that is some darn good acting there huh, PACMAN!??!
    DOOF!

  18. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:20 AM

    If he was knocked out, there is no way he should be playing this weekend.

  19. grant35 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:20 AM

    Breaking News!! CracMan Jones is going on the Dan Patrick show to say that ” Bob Holtzman is a (expletive) lying snake & (expletive) faking his occupation as a reporter for ESPN” !!

  20. mrmcdougle says: Jan 12, 2016 9:21 AM

    Who said “Not looking good”. A source from the Steelers? I’ll believe a little more when he’s sitting out of practice tomorrow.

  21. laukkanen5 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:21 AM

    well i know whose not playing….the Cincinnati Bungholes…..

    who dey, WE DEY

  22. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 12, 2016 9:22 AM

    Faker trying to make it look good. It’s the Steelers.

  23. steelcurtainn says: Jan 12, 2016 9:22 AM

    This better not be true. No way can I not see AB playing in the biggest game of the year so far.

  24. mrpkg says: Jan 12, 2016 9:23 AM

    Unfortunately the decision to play is not up to AB.

    a. A player returns to baseline status of symptoms and neurologic exam, including cognitive and balance functions.

    i. Repeat neuropsychological evaluation is performed before return to practice or play with interpretation of the data by the team neuropsychology consultant. The team neuropsychology consultant reports the findings back to the team physician.
    b. A graduated exercise challenge, followed by a gradual return to practice and play, is initiated when the player returns to baseline status. The RTP protocol following a concussion follows a stepwise process to be outlined in the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee’s Return to Participation Protocol.

    c. Prior to return to practice or play, not only must the team physician clear the player, but the Independent Neurological Consultant with expertise in concussion must also evaluate and clear the player for return to practice and play.

    d. A player may be considered for return to practice and play only after the player has returned to baseline status with rest and exertion, has repeat neuropsychological testing which is interpreted by the team neuropsychology consultant as back to baseline levels of functioning, and has completed the Return to Participation Protocol referenced above and is cleared by the Team Physician and the Independent Neurological Consultant.

  25. paulieorkid says: Jan 12, 2016 9:24 AM

    Burfict’s unmitigated dee-baggery continues to profoundly mpact the AFC bracket of the playoffs.

    Vontaze Burfict: what a fine addition to the National Football League.

  26. thraiderskin says: Jan 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    Good thing he was faking it…

  27. dougchillin says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    This came out yesterday. Not sure how he is “not looking good” with a game almost a full week away and its a concussion.

  28. dpdonny says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    Is it me or does it seem the concussion protocol gets punted during the playoffs? Seems like a lot of guys came/come back pretty quick for hits that seem to keep them out a few weeks during the regular season.

  29. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    Brown is overrated. Im not saying he’s not an incredible, top 10 receiver. But hes not the single clear number 1 like so many people say. Marshall, Watkins, Green, Thomas, Hopkins, Bryant, and the true number one Julio are all better than him.
    Give Bryant somebody who cant throw straight dimes(Jones, Vick) and that 5’10” will really hold him back.

  30. iamthorny says: Jan 12, 2016 9:27 AM

    What a shocker. Beat guy from the Gazette says he’s seen laughing and joking in locker room and should be ready for Denver. NFL suspends Burfict largely for that hit and reports this? Hmmmmm. ESPN has a relationship with the NFL the local paper does not. If Brown plays it looks an awful lot like Brown faked this whole thing as alleged by Pacman.

    Very curious what the “independent” neurologist is going to conclude as to clearing Brown. It would be some poetic justice for him to be fine but not be able to play because the NFL didn’t want it’s decision looking ridiculous.

  31. Kaz says: Jan 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    They’re trying to cleanup the fact he flopped. He was fine after the game partying, dancing, and celebrating in ways someone concussed would be held back from.

  32. scotrugby says: Jan 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    No but they are still faking. Don’t you get it? He is going to sit out the game to maintain the rouse that he got hurt in the last game, even though he didn’t. Makes complete sense, right? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    I hope he doesn’t play.

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but Steeler fans are 2nd only to Vikings fans in the “rude, egotistical moron” category.

    >

  34. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    realdealsteel says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    If Brown can walk, he’s playing. That’s the type of guy he is
    =======================

    Sorry realdeal, but Brown is in the league’s concussion protocol now. Makes no difference what kind of guy he is, he isn’t playing unless he gets cleared to play. 5 years ago your point would be valid, but not in 2016

    Now, one could argue that since its the Steelers, he will receive clearance to play even if he shouldn’t, but that is a different debate

  35. rankster1950 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:35 AM

    My sources down at the shelter tell me he’s 50/50

  36. dmretrogames says: Jan 12, 2016 9:35 AM

    The exact same report (“not looking good”) was issued earlier in the day about DeAngelo Williams. I think Holtzman’s intern got sloppy. There has been nothing released about Brown other than this. He probably hadn’t even completed his first imPACT test of the week.

  37. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    Non biased fan here towards either team …..Jones is a moron if he thinks Browns faking that and thats a shame Browns gonna miss it….Burfict is lucky he didnt harm Brown more longterm or permanent… You always want a teams best when you play them and Pittsburghs gonna be short players …all the playoff teams are banged up……….

  38. mwatts1 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    As a football fan, I hope he plays b/c you want to see all the talent on the field. But, if his head is messed up, he needs to think about next season and the season after that…

  39. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 12, 2016 9:40 AM

    Brown is overrated. Im not saying he’s not an incredible, top 10 receiver. But hes not the single clear number 1 like so many people say. Marshall, Watkins, Green, Thomas, Hopkins, Bryant, and the true number one Julio are all better than him.
    Give Bryant somebody who cant throw straight dimes(Jones, Vick) and that 5’10” will really hold him back.

    Again…no biased fan here but someone is not over rated when they have 136 catches for 1800 plus yards for 10 tds…..and Ben missed 4 and a half games …..I respectfully disagree

  40. whodey1218 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:41 AM

    Haha please… maybe next time he won’t come across the middle like everything is going to be okay. Reports was he was fine right after the game. He just making everyone believe he really had a boo boo

  41. south0901 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    This is not the first time Pacman has dealt with someone faking it……………

  42. routerunner says: Jan 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Calling it now: Steelers and Ravens will get into a bidding war for Burfict when his contract is up.

  43. negativten says: Jan 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    “earlier in the week” lmao… its only Tuesday D

  44. jamaltimore says: Jan 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    He’ll be on the field. just more lies by the steelers. If he doesn’t play maybe one of the coaches can suit up. I mean their coaches seem to think their part of of the team like tomlin stepping on field, POS joey porter running his mouth standing on the middle of the field and munchuk pulling hair. I mean what other team would get away with that crap.

  45. uknepatsfan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:49 AM

    Broncos walk this if Brown doesn’t play.

    I swear that the Pats are going to regret not beating the Jets or Dolphins to secure homefield for the whole of the playoffs.

    Right now I’d rather play Pittsburgh than KC too.

  46. grant35 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:49 AM

    Hey 87hollywoodhorn – good comment on the Brown’ s not being in the Top 10 (you must be stuck in L.A. w/o a team). The dude has 165 catches for 3500+ yds & 26 TD’s the last 2yrs alone. Oh and by the way, the 5’10 smurf was able to somehow get 119 more yds this past weekend in a driving rainstorm. Yeah he sucks!!

  47. whocares69 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    Brown is taking a play right out of the Big Drama Queen Ben – Pretend like your hurt then look tough as nails when you start the next week.

    Ben has trained him right.

    In other news – Gio Bernard has a concussion and nobody’s talking about that MUCH worse hit ..

  48. ravens01 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    He will play…steelers always down play injuries. He will practice on friday and be ready to go on Sunday. Mark my words.

  49. funknstein says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    Boy, you steeler dirtbags just won’t let up on Burfict and Jones. The bad boogeymen must really scare you! You won the game, you’re in the playoffs, so why don’t you yap about Denver??? You’ll see enough of Burfict (and maybe Jones) next year, and then you can start your scared, puppy dog yapping again.

  50. arz9278 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    If he really got a concussion, he is not playing and he shouldn’t. Coming from somebody who has had concussions, the brain needs time to rest. Its just a game.

  51. jim699 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    “Whodey?”… What an moronic-sounding sub-human utterance. But I will tell you who: Literally any playoff team.

  52. nyjfan111 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:53 AM

    @paulieorkid

    Vontaze Burfict: what a fine addition to the National Football League.

    FINE addition, I see what you did there!

  53. sudz28 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:55 AM

    “Haha please… maybe next time he won’t come across the middle like everything is going to be okay. Reports was he was fine right after the game. He just making everyone believe he really had a boo boo”

    Aaaannndd Bengals fans just keep showing how classy and intelligent they really are. No wonder Pac Man is right at home there.

  54. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Jan 12, 2016 9:56 AM

    For anyone to put a shred of belief in this is ludicrous.

    1) Way to early to know anything about Brown.
    2) Holtzman is a worthless hack with no direct access to the Steelers organization after pissing off Tomlin.
    3) Holtzman is Cinncy based not Pittsburgh.

  55. whodey1218 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    sudz28 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:55 AM
    “Haha please… maybe next time he won’t come across the middle like everything is going to be okay. Reports was he was fine right after the game. He just making everyone believe he really had a boo boo”

    Aaaannndd Bengals fans just keep showing how classy and intelligent they really are. No wonder Pac Man is right at home there.

    Don’t you question my class I have every right to hate this team for taking our quarterback out intentional, breaking our punters jaw intentionally, breaking our linebackers jaw intentionally…. so yes I don’t care about these clowns

  56. est285 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    Every single one of you that believe this are suckers.

    1. They’re releasing this info early in the week so they can later claim he got better throughout the week.

    2. I guarantee he plays Sunday.

    This is all a public ploy to save face. #2 will happen and that will confirm #1 but nobody will be talking about how he’s a flop artist bc of the “report” that was leaked early in the week saying “it’s not looking good”. All of you are so gullible it’s pathetic.

  57. jobotjones says: Jan 12, 2016 10:14 AM

    If he was faking I doubt he’d be going through all this trouble. …..
    _________

    That’s the beauty of it!

    Now where is his Grammy for best actor???

  58. jocko1181 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:15 AM

    Maybe he will take the time to work on his next Grammy winning record

  59. nflfan22 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:18 AM

    I laugh at all the morons who think being knocked out automatically means the player is out the next week. If he passes protocol, he plays. Just like teddy Bridgewater did after the rams KO’d him, and several others. I guess you’re all a bunch of brain experts, huh? Or you’re just whining…

  60. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 12, 2016 10:22 AM

    Anyone heard from the TEBOW BEAT THE STEELERS guy?

  61. mborz says: Jan 12, 2016 10:25 AM

    ghostrider45 says:

    Stealers are done…. Thank you Tez. Who DEY!

    —————————————–

    Nice. For all of the jabs that Bengals fans still take at Steelers fans for being classless, Bengals fans who post here celebrate injuries they’ve caused. Their fans applaud injuries during games, even when injured players are still laying on the field. They pelt them with trash while they’re riding on a cart to be evaluated, all while still celebrating the injury.

    Guess what Bengals fans: You have clearly demonstrated that you are no better than the Steelers fans you have complained about for years.

  62. lackofabetter says: Jan 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    The fans glad that someone is hurt and won’t play aren’t football fans, They are sad little boys. And the same Karma that got #55 and #24 will find you sooner or later.

  63. boogerhut says: Jan 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    ghostrider45 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:01 AM
    Stealers are done…. Thank you Tez. Who DEY!

    Gulp gulp DERP! What dat?

  64. bencoates57 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:29 AM

    All but one or two of you REALLY don’t understand this concussion protocol thing. Antonio Brown has to be cleared to play. Now if he had an arm dangling by a capillary from his shoulder, he could decide to put a cast on it and play, but this is his head, and the league exam will decide whether he can play.

    Personally, if it were up to me, there would be a 3-4 week bye between the regular season and the postseason so every team had a chance to get as many players as healthy as possible. Watching teams that are to varying degrees shells of their early season selves is not as good.

  65. lackofabetter says: Jan 12, 2016 10:29 AM

    “Whodey?”… What an moronic-sounding sub-human utterance. But I will tell you who: Literally any playoff team.”

    It;s terrible and they stole it from the Saints. Sad organization

  66. buffalo75vette says: Jan 12, 2016 10:29 AM

    zombiepatriot says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:05 AM
    If the concussion protocol means anything then Brown will be out on Sunday.

    I do wonder how Bernard is doing after the cheap shot illegal hit he took where once again the refs swallowed their whistles and blew the call.

    ———————————————————

    Read the rule..NOT a cheap shot or illegal

  67. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 12, 2016 10:31 AM

    Not buying it for a second. Messin’ with the injury report, again.

  68. j huber says: Jan 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    I am going to be a Denver fan this weekend, and I hope they beat the crap out of the Squealers., who are the dirtiest team in he NFL. I hope it will be payback for all the cheap shots from their last game. Go Donkeys!!!!!!

  69. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    So AB is still faking a concussion ? He is doing a stupendous job faking a concussion for this length of time jeopardizing his availability for a playoff game.

  70. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    jamaltimore, speak up, I can’t hear you all the way down on the bottom step of the basement stairs. 3 years in a row, you’re starting to look like a permanent fixture. Thank goodness for the Browns.

  71. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jan 12, 2016 10:36 AM

    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. The bungles clearly should have/could have won that game within the last minute. Burfict got the interception and momentum had shifted. {Yes I know about Hill’s stripped fumble}.
    I would accuse their defense of being stupid, but I don’t want to give stupid a bad name.

  72. nhpats says: Jan 12, 2016 10:37 AM

    What time are the Bengals playing this week? Remember when Bengals fans were talking about Andy Dalton taking the team to the SB?

  73. tattooit says: Jan 12, 2016 10:37 AM

    They’re both playing. Please, kill this fake drama.

  74. jdeezman says: Jan 12, 2016 10:40 AM

    Karma… Deal with it stealernation. This is payback for all the times you dished out game/career ending injuries and were never penalized for it.

    You’ve been stealered… sucks to be you.

  75. mkbane says: Jan 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    He is really committed to this faking bit.

  76. myspaceyourface says: Jan 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    People don’t seem to understand the way the hit looks is irrelevant to the neurological damage done.

    I hit can look incredibly bad and not do neurological damage, on the other hand a hit can not look like much and cause significant damage.

  77. denverdave3 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    Bruit gets 3 games for nearly breaking a guys neck? Von Miller, of Denver, got 6 weeks for trying to fake a urine sample.

    Burfict is lucky he didn’t get 8 weeks or a full year.

  78. SteveQuinn19 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:48 AM

    The Burfict hit on Brown is a prime example of what the NFL has become. By the time Burfict hit Brown, the pass was well past the receiver who was already in the grip of that outstanding citizen, P. Jones. Burfict’s hit was made with the intention of injuring Brown. That’s the kind of play the NFL has got to put a stop to. A 3-game suspension is a slap on the wrist. The Bengals need to cut ties with Burfict immediately.

    That Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh game “soured” me on the NFL It’s becoming a league of extreme violence and, if it’s not reined in, it will only get worse. I haven’t seen the movie “Concussion” yet but will later this week. When 87 of 91 NFL players who have passed away are then diagnosed with CTE, I don’t think enough is being done to protect these guys. The vicious and dirty play in the NFL needs to be stopped.

    At the moment, Tony Dorsett, who is just 59, has trouble remembering his name. He’s been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy as have Joe DeLamielleure and Leonard Marshall. The NFL is turning human beings into “vegetables” and most fans crave the violent collisions we’re seeing in every game every Sunday. Sunday in the NFL has become ancient Rome with its gladiators.

  79. nhpats says: Jan 12, 2016 10:50 AM

    Brown is the best receiver in the league. I wish he was a Patriot.

  80. j huber says: Jan 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    All I can say is that I’m a Denver fan this weekend. And I hope the beat the crap out of those dirty, cheap shot artists on the Squealers. Go Donkeys!!!!!!!!!!! Pay back gonna be great!!!!!!

  81. cropslx says: Jan 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    If he plays 1 of 2 things happened. He faked it OR he/Steelers are breaking the rules of him coming back too soon after a head injury. It appeared on TV that AB got knocked out. If that is the case there is NO WAY he should play this weekend!! It took Luke Kuechly several weeks to come back from such an injury. Not that ALL head injurys are the same, but you have to treat them seriously!

  82. bengalsfreedom says: Jan 12, 2016 11:10 AM

    If he’s able to play, then we know the hit wasn’t viscous and he was fine afterward. That is a huge caveat for both the refs in the game and the NFL with the suspension that was handed down to Burfict. For Brown’s own sake and health, because he is one of the best talents in the game, hopefully they do not let him play if their is a slight chance of further injury.

  83. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 12, 2016 11:11 AM

    shame – now we know why the league was so quick to suspend Burfict, they knew he cost the Steelers the game.

  84. ninerfan81 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:11 AM

    Not looking good for his life after football but he’ll put his brain out there for this game Sunday.

  85. ghostrider45 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:13 AM

    Sorry we broke so many of you’re players this year…. Signed a concerned Bengals fan. Who DEY!

  86. gofish721 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:18 AM

    Of course, if he really wasn’t hit that hard and he is able to play this week, then maybe Pacman wasn’t too far from the truth… can’t have it both ways. If he had a concussion to knock him out, then he’s out again this week. Time will tell.

    For all the Squealer fans out there whining about hit in AB, where’s was this righteous indignation on the hit Harrison gave Colt McCoy several years ago? It was a hard nose play to them, even though he led with the helmet and drove straight up into the face mask. Again, a multiple offender at that point and result? 1 game suspension to a meaningless game 16 when they had AFC Central clinched. Quit yer whining already as your team has an illustrious history of cheap illegal plays, including your coaches…

  87. ikeclanton says: Jan 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    Why is anyone at all still saying that Antonio Brown was faking it? Pac-Man is a moron. It’s insulting–all you have to do is watch the video. He almost got his head ripped off and was as limp as a noodle as he hit the ground. He’s extremely lucky if you ask me, and that psycho Burfict got off light. He needs to be out of the league for trying to injure and maim players in every single game he plays in.

  88. steeltroll says: Jan 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    “ghostrider45 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:13 AM
    Sorry we broke so many of you’re players this year…. Signed a concerned Bengals fan. Who DEY!”

    LOL. I’m sure that makes up for losing. Have fun rooting for the Steelers to lose next Sunday. That’s all you have to look forward to. 25 years of futility and counting: YOU DEY!

  89. jeemie4043 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:25 AM

    I seriously doubt that Bob Holtzman has any access to Steeler sources.

    This is the guy who decided to tell the world before the Steelers’ playoff game with Baltimore in 2010 that the Steelers had a trick play involving Antwaan Randle El that they would run if the Ravens were in a specific defense.

    That information was given as part of pre-production- was not meant to be used before the game itself was played, but Holtzman ran with it any way.

    Led to a funny interchange between Holtzman and Tomlin at the Steelers’ presser before the AFCCG that year with the Jets. Holtzman asked how long it would take to prepare for the Jets and Tomlin wisecracked “Well, that depends on if you give out any more of our plays”.

    Holtzman’s got nothing.

  90. relggigeht says: Jan 12, 2016 11:27 AM

    “Sorry we broke so many of you’re players this year…. Signed a concerned Bengals fan. Who DEY!”

    Did the Bungles players give you this assignment from the golf course?

  91. dickroy says: Jan 12, 2016 11:29 AM

    Most people clap or cheer when a injured player gets up. Kids are taught this in schools where I am from. Bengal fans cheer when someone is injured and throw trash at the player being carted off. They make comments like “Hope he is out for good”, “hope he broke his neck” even “I hope he is dead.” These comments were heard at the game. My grandkids really got to see what jerks Bengal fans are. It was embarrassing!

  92. mark4steelers says: Jan 12, 2016 11:31 AM

    @ teveQuinn19 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:48 AM

    That Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh game “soured” me on the NFL It’s becoming a league of extreme violence and, if it’s not reined in, it will only get worse. I haven’t seen the movie “Concussion” yet but will later this week. When 87 of 91 NFL players who have passed away are then diagnosed with CTE, I don’t think enough is being done to protect these guys. The vicious and dirty play in the NFL needs to be stopped.

    The NFL is turning human beings into “vegetables” and most fans crave the violent collisions we’re seeing in every game every Sunday. Sunday in the NFL has become ancient Rome with its gladiators.
    _______________________________

    Every player should be required to sign a waiver, assuming 100% liability for their decision to take the field. This isn’t about the NFL, this is about a player’s personal decision to play football & they need to realize (which they all do at this stage) that the lime lights might come at a mental health price & they assume 100% of that risk. I guarantee you 99.9% of all players would still show up on Sunday to play, for as long as any team is willing to give them that opportunity. And your opinion, although well intended, is just simply wrong. This is just more “I need to make decisions for those who clearly can’t make smart decisions for themselves” liberal ideology that needs to be outlawed. Whether you realize it or not, the World doesn’t need your saving! This is a free Country…and it needs to stay that way!!! People have the right to play this game, as it currently exists, regardless of whether you like it or not. By the way, if you don’t like it, the NBA, MLB, PGA & Tennis are all looking for fans…

  93. ebdug says: Jan 12, 2016 11:31 AM

    There’s a real possibilty that although he is faking it, Goodell will pass the word to sit a healthy player down. It’s amazing how far away from the game of football the NFL has gotten.

  94. steeltroll says: Jan 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    @ dickroy

    There are low life mouth breathers in every fan base, including Steelers Nation. Plenty of Cincinnatians with plenty of class who bleed orange and black.

    Let’s not generalize.

  95. mark4steelers says: Jan 12, 2016 11:38 AM

    I neglected to mention that the rules prevent, as they should, the hit on Brown & the overall roughness of that game. The cause of that has nothing to do with the NFL, but the individuals who are involved in those activities. Those individuals need to be held accountable, not the League.

  96. marcsherm says: Jan 12, 2016 11:42 AM

    If people want to say Brown “sold” the penalty, you’d….. well, be wrong. Burfict was clearly head-hunting and hit a defenseless receiver high. But at least you could claim it’s plausible to try as players all over the league try to “sell” penalties with some acting. But faking a concussion? That’s moronic. What plausible reason would Brown have for acting like he had a concussion when he didn’t? The flags were thrown immediately after the hit. It wasn’t like the refs checked on him and said “he’s concussed, must be a penalty”. Plenty of players have been penalized for hitting a defenseless player high without a concussion resulting from it, and others (like Bernard) get concussed on legal hits. The flags were thrown for the illegal hit. Not the medical aftermath. All faking a concussion would do is put Brown into the concussion protocol which takes his ability to play out of the Steelers hands into the independent neurologist’s.

  97. dickroy says: Jan 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    Lets not generalize

    ———————-
    I am aware of that, but this game was a disgrace. Peeing on fans, women hit in the face by men, throwing batteries, cans, and bottles at fans players, and refs. Grown ups cussing out 10 year old kids for rooting for their team, drunks spitting and sticking their fingers in kids drinks. Bengal fans lining up in tunnels and pushing Steeler fan out. I know there are many good fans out there. I even talked to some. This just got to me because I have never seen it this bad in any stadium. It was just over the top. That’s why it made National news, along with comments from sports commentators.

  98. patsfan1820 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    I don’t think he will be able to play due to the concussion protocol. Bengals looked like they were playing to injure the Steelers not win the game and it unfortunately looks like they succeeded. Although, on the plus side, Burfict got suspended for 3 games.

  99. mikerobo1026 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:54 AM

    Is steelers fans are fine with a loss this weekend. As long as we didn’t let the complete bums from Cinci advance, without two of our best players on offense in pouncey and bell, and deangelo who has been a great backup to bell. Enjoy the long offseason of disappointment and a first place schedule next season. If our defense can keep pressure on stationary Peyton, we may not need Brown this week. But that’s a tall order. He’s the best player in the game. Just remember Cinci, Ftzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman made your defense look pedestrian. Only thing keeping you in the game was cheap shots. Otherwise it was a complete Beatdown.

  100. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 12, 2016 11:55 AM

    He plays. Steelers are drama queens. He plays

  101. tgifcarterthefourththefifth says: Jan 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    Aren’t Grammies music awards? I think Pac-Man meant an Oscar.

  102. steelercrazy says: Jan 12, 2016 12:02 PM

    @gofisg721 – the rules were just put in place back when Harrison committed those fouls and other players were getting fined back then too. Harrison has since learned and adjusted his game. Burflict on the other hand has ignored repeated warnings. Get a clue.

  103. ts1960 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:05 PM

    dickroy says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:49 AM
    Lets not generalize

    ———————-
    I am aware of that, but this game was a disgrace. Peeing on fans, women hit in the face by men, throwing batteries, cans, and bottles at fans players, and refs. Grown ups cussing out 10 year old kids for rooting for their team, drunks spitting and sticking their fingers in kids drinks. Bengal fans lining up in tunnels and pushing Steeler fan out. I know there are many good fans out there. I even talked to some. This just got to me because I have never seen it this bad in any stadium. It was just over the top. That’s why it made National news, along with comments from sports commentators.

    Unfortunately, this is the lovely world we’ve created for ourselves.

  104. jeemie4043 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:05 PM

    This is the best response I saw to the nonsense allegations that Brown faked it:

    “Obviously Brown has figured out how to disconnect his reticular activating system from his cortex in the middle of a route to fake unconsciousness. In practice he temporarily severs his spine from his brainstem in attempt to bait the refs. Clearly PacMan, who is an advanced student of neurophysiology, has figured out his shenanigans”.

    The guy was KTFO…his body went limp on the hit.

    I don’t know anybody that can fake unconsciousness.

    Maybe you do…but I doubt it.

  105. jetslakers says: Jan 12, 2016 12:08 PM

    I don’t care about either team but it not like teams don’t give out false injury reports.

  106. gofish721 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:09 PM

    @SteveQuinn19 “The NFL is turning human beings into “vegetables” and most fans crave the violent collisions we’re seeing in every game every Sunday. Sunday in the NFL has become ancient Rome with its gladiators.”

    The NFL is working hard to minimize the violent hits. Targeting, letting the QB throw it away before getting creamed, and more rules are helping. Not a perfect system yet, but trying to work towards being a good and “safe” as it can.

    That said, when these guys go on the field and are running at full speed into each other, can you (or them) really predict a safe outcome every time? No matter what you try to do, a player while twisting and turning and juking with guys bearing in on you intend to hit you, sometimes a painful result will occur and a lot of times it wasn’t intentional. Players have concussed their own teammates! These should instinctively know it before they suit… and I’m sure they do. But they want to play and except the risks by signing those contracts.

    I’m not saying these hits in that game are “just life.” Illegal hits need to be dealt with. I like that the booth can review and decide appropriate punishment. That said, the booth should be able to rule on the missed call for the Shazier hit that clearly was illegal. Why should that go unpunished too when it is a deadly blow and not whistled? Knowing they are under scutiny beyond field judges should help keep them a bit more cautious of illegal hits.

  107. eezyxyz says: Jan 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    I’d consider it incredibly suspicious if he does play. Regardless of what Jones said, fact is he did take a shot to the head and if the concussion protocol is taken even vaguely seriously there’s no way he should be cleared to play this weekend. Just like when the Steelers took Tyler Eifert out in the regular season game and Eifert missed 4 games in the concussion protocol.

    I guess taking out your opponent’s best receiver with illegal shots to the head is a part of the game now. Burfict was just dumb enough to do it at the end of the game instead of the beginning.

  108. ebdug says: Jan 12, 2016 12:21 PM


    tgifcarterthefourththefifth says:
    Jan 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    Aren’t Grammies music awards? I think Pac-Man meant an Oscar.

    No, Pac-Man’s right. Brown won for “The Great Pretender”. He beat out Goodell and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”

  109. rainbowpowerbottom says: Jan 12, 2016 12:42 PM

    Dang he should get an academy award(Grammy). Here comes the BS game time decision and Voila! He’s just fine to play. I bet he got that Russell Wilson water.

  110. JSpicoli says: Jan 12, 2016 12:47 PM

    Look up what the Grammys represent

  111. getsomefocus2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Bet the independent neurologist won’t be Dr. Omalu wight there in Pittsburgh

  112. harshedmellow says: Jan 12, 2016 1:04 PM

    Dude was completely limp in the air and hit the ground like a sack of meat. He suffered a fairly serious to very serious concussion. No WAY he plays. No way he SHOULD play and I mean THIS SEASON.

    The effects of a significant concussion last months, and the brain is highly susceptible to both re-injury, and to permanence of symptoms, if re-injured.

    Done.

  113. PokeSalad says: Jan 12, 2016 2:13 PM

    The Burfict Storm plays old-school football. You know, the way it used to be before the wimps and nannies took over.

  114. johnniemayes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM

    Doesn’t matter, Broncos have the Steelers number. They almost got beat by a backup QB on their own home turf. This time we have a rested Manning, they’re toast.

  115. atlantacynic says: Jan 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    Bob Holtzman reports for ESPN out of Cincinnati and says Brown is not likely play – lots of credible Steelers sources in that area

    Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac have covered the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since the Reagan Administration – their sources say it is likely Brown plays

    Who knows if Brown plays?

    What we do know is an out of town ESPN reporter floated out a tweet to draw hits, it was retweeted by Adam Schefter and other ESPN reporters to make it a credible story via the ESPN echo chamber, other media outlets picked up the ESPN report, and now it is “News.”

    Modern sports reporting via twitter and online repetition at its finest.

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