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Report: Roethlisberger to Play, Brown Likely Out for Playoff Game at Denver


While it’s only Monday, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to the two offensive stars of the Steelers and if they will go Sunday in the AFC Divisional Game against the Broncos.

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ‘very likely’ to play in the game, but leading wide out Antonio Brown is “not looking good” to play.

Brown is in the NFL concussion protocol following the hit that allowed the Steelers to get into field goal range after a second flag was thrown on Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones that put the ball in position for Chris Boswell to hit a 35-yard game-winning field goal.

Yesterday it was reported that Roethlisberger suffered a separated shoulder, but now reports are it’s a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, which is easier to overcome.

Losing Brown, the best wide out in football, is a blow that could be just too much to overcome. The team is going to have to rely on wide outs Markus Wheaton as well as even Darius Heyward-Bey to try and fill the void for Brown.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DaveB.

    January 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

    How can this be true ? Adam Jones said Brown faked the whole thing . There was no concussion . What an idiot . In regards to the Burrfect suspension , the three game suspension was long overdue . Its time this thug was taken off the field for awhile .

  2. DrGeorge

    January 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    If Brown can’t play, which seems likely, and if Ben R’s range is limited by his shoulder injury, which seems likely, the Steelers best chance to win in Denver will depend on running the ball and utilizing the tight ends more than they have all season (much as the Patriots have done with two or even three tight ends on the field). Even if Brown were healthy, Ben R. would lack the arm strength to go deep. This will vastly simplify game planning for Haley and may actually make Ben R. more focused. If the Steelers can run the ball on the Broncos defense, they can score points and keep Manning off the field. The key to the game, therefore, remains whether the defense can hold Manning and the Denver offense to less than 20 points, as it did the Bengals’ offense. Manning’s arm is not what it once was, and his accuracy suffers when he is pressured. Our pass rush must get to him. Not an easy task, especially at altitude, but the mission is not as hopeless as some pundits believe.

  3. Bobby

    January 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    The Pittsburgh Steelers Ed Bouchette says that Brown will play so who is soooo far off from reality?

  4. DrGeorge

    January 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Ed was wrong, unfortunately.

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