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What If Antonio Brown is Lost for the Season?

What would happen to the Steelers offense should Antonio Brown be lost for the season?

What would happen if Antonio Brown were lost for the season? You tell me.

Because we really don’t have any data on this. Brown is a true iron man; he’s lost just one game to injury over the past four seasons – a playoff game in 2015 after a wicked concussion – and routinely plays well over 90% of Steelers snaps. There’s so little history to go by in piecing together a post-Brown Steelers offense.

We can look into that missed playoff game from 2015 for clues, but that only takes us so far – the personnel has shifted mightily since then. We can consider Week 7 of last year, when Brown dinged his quad mid-game and played “only” about 80% of snaps, but that tells us little. How do we prepare a contingency plan for something as bizarre as not seeing Brown on the field for a set of Steelers games?

Well, we can use common sense and fantasy detective stuff and try to project fairly what the Steelers offense would become in his stead. Here’s a rundown of their Brown-less prospects, as I see things:


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