The Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a big five-year contract extension this offseason but the team will be without the speedster for a couple of games, according to a league source. Per Pro Football Talk:
After Sunday’s win over the Giants, Brown said he has a high ankle sprain, but that he’ll be fine. (Rarely is any player with a high ankle sprain ever “fine.”) We later reported that it’s not a high ankle sprain, and that in the hours after the game it wasn’t regarded as severe.
Per the source, it’s worse than believed. Beyond Monday night’s game, the Steelers face the Ravens, the Browns, and then the Ravens again.
In Brown’s absence, Emmanuel Sanders will get the start. On the season, Sanders has 24 catches for 302 yards including one to paydirt.