Antonio Brown Not Expected to Return After Suffering Calf Injury vs. Patriots


Antonio Brown Not Expected to Return After Suffering Calf Injury vs. Patriots

Photo Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers was helped off the field after injuring his calf.

How will the Patriots cover the NFL's top receiver?

Brown, who has emerged as a candidate for this year's Most Valuable Player Award, was trying to make a catch in the end zone early in the second quarter when his left leg got caught between Duron Harmon and Eric Rowe of the Patriots.

Ryan Shazier made a surprise appearance to Heinz Field on Sunday just two weeks after suffering his scary spinal injury.

The Patriots have had the Steelers' number in recent games, and Tom Brady has been lights-out against Pittsburgh with a 10-2 record in his career.

Brown entered the Week 15 matchup with the Patriots with 99 catches. Le'Veon Bell has rushed for 1,105 yards and seven scores so far this season and Antonio Brown has registered 1,509 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

New England is coming off a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins.

Roethlisberger was 15 of 19 for 182 yards and two touchdowns. New England can't expect to completely shut down Brown, but limiting his big-play potential will be critical against this high-powered Steelers offense. Brown couldn't haul in the pass and came up limping. Brown officially was given a questionable tag when the Steelers announced the injury as a calf bruise, but that always seemed optimistic.