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Antonio Brown's chances of playing vs Broncos 'not looking good'

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The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed their place in the divisional rounds of the 2015 NFL playoffs in dramatic style on Saturday evening, but it may have come at a cost.

As reported by ESPN's Bob Holtzman, the chances of the AFC North franchise being able to call on the services of their star wide receiver Antonio Brown are "not looking good." 

Not good

Brown was on the receiving end of an illegal hit from the Bengals' Vontaze Burfict at the beginning of what proved to be the Steelers' game-winning drive last weekend, and is dealing with a concussion.


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Pittsburgh had sought to play down fears over Brown's status in the immediate aftermath of the Wild Card contest, and reporters in the locker room had noted the WR was laughing with teammates after the game.

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Since then, however, it has been reported that Brown is in the concussion protocol and, judging by Holtzman's report, he is trending in the wrong direction.

Key man

Obviously, should Brown be unable to go against Denver, it would be a big blow to the Steelers' chances of progressing to the AFC Championship game.

Despite having to deal with a number of quarterback changes throughout the regular season, the 27-year-old racked up a career high 1,834 yards and ended the year with 10 touchdowns.

With the Broncos boasting the best passing defense in the NFL in 2015 - allowing a league-low 200 yards per game - Pittsburgh could really do with their talismanic receiver as they head for Mile High.

Steelers fans: Can you still win without Brown, and is a three-game ban for Burfict enough? Have your say in the comments below...

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