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WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 186Born: 7-10-1988College: Central MichiganDrafted: Round 6

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Preseason player page

Though the Steelers drafted Dri Archer to be a returner, for the time being Antonio Brown still is handling punt returns.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Sep 14): Brown was sidelined for part of the game after a blow to the head - he passed his concussion tests though, and returned to action.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ben Roethlisberger came back down to earth in Week 2 (22/37 for 217 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception) after a big game in Week 1 (23/34 for 365 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown). He has taken five sacks for -29 yards so far this season - the pass blocking needs to improve to keep Roethlisberger upright during 2014. Antonio Brown (12 targets for 7/90/0) and Markus Wheaton (eight for 5/38/0) saw the most targets last week, followed by Heath Miller (six for 4/35/0) and LeVeon Bell (five for 5/48/0). These four guys make up the backbone of the receiving corps in Pittsburgh this season. The Panthers' pass D held Josh McCown to 22/35 for 162 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks for -21 yards generated in the first regular season game. They followed up by limiting the scoring of Matthew Stafford and company in Week 2 (27/48 for 253 net yards allowed, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -38 yards), without their top DE Greg Hardy who was inactivated by the team under pressure from team owner Jerry Richardson, just an hour or so before the game started. Hardy is supposedly going to play this week, but he was supposed to last week, too. The latest news is that the NFL may intervene and punish Hardy based on a recent domestic violence conviction that Hardy is appealing. This is a fluid situation - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later in the week if Hardy is on your IDP roster. Carolina has a great defense and they hold home-field advantage in this game - this is a tough matchup for Roethlisberger and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs CLE 0 0 0 6 5 116 1 0
2 at BAL 2 10 0 12 7 90 0 0
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 6 * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 116 / 1 rec)

Brown made a strong 2014 debut despite being covered by perennial all-star cornerback, Joe Haden. On the 2nd play from scrimmage, Brown ran an inside screen route and broke it down the right sideline for a nice 41-yard gain. In the second quarter, Brown managed to get past Haden, as Roethlisberger scrambled from the defense, and subsequently pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass; he also had a dazzling catch near the end of the first half, where he plucked a pass that looked almost uncatchable. He was, however, puzzlingly quiet in the second half of the game. Brown provided the highlight of NFL Week #1 when he karate kicked Cleveland's punter, Spencer Lanning, in the head during a 36-yard punt return. Brown finished the day catching 5 of the 6 passes directed to him and looks to be in prime form for a top-ten 2014 campaign.

2014 Week 2 vs BAL (12 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Brown pulled in an 18-yard reception on a crossing route on the Steelers' first drive, but was blasted by Ravens' Strong Safety, Darian Stewart, causing Brown to leave the game briefly. After a concussion was ruled out, Brown returned and was an active part of the Steelers' offense thereafter--there should be no residual concerns about his health heading into Week #3. It is worth pointing out that 51 of Brown's 90 receiving yards were generated during the last Steelers' drive when the game was out of reach, an observation that underscores the general inefficiency of the Steelers' offense in this game. Brown was also given the opportunity to run the ball on two different occasions; the first was an 'end around' for 9 yards, while the latter attempt was a quick handoff while Brown was in motion that only gained a single yard.

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Latest News

Steelers | Antonio Brown cleared to return (Thu Sep 11, 09:35 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (head) passed all tests after being evaluated for a concussion and will return to the team's Week 2 Game Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Brown spent the requisite time in the locker room that would indicate the full battery of tests. We'll trust the Steelers on this one. Brown did not look at all off after he returned.
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Steelers | Concussion for Antonio Brown? (Thu Sep 11, 09:02 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (head) left the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11, and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. His return is questionable.

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Steelers | Antonio Brown fined (Thu Sep 11, 06:28 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been fined $8,200 for cleating Cleveland Browns P Spencer Lanning in the face in Sunday's game, according to a source.

Our View: If only he would have screamed, "This is SPARTA!!!1!" as he was kicking Lanning.
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Steelers | Steelers top skill players probable (Wed Sep 10, 04:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury), RB Le'Veon Bell (non-injury), WR Antonio Brown (non-injury), WR Markus Wheaton (non-injury) and TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, and are listed as probable for Week 2.

Our View: No surprise here. It's a short week as the Steelers face the Ravens on Thursday night. Start Roethlisberger, Bell and Brown with confidence. We like Wheaton as a WR3 with upside, and Miller is a decent option at TE in Week 2.
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Steelers | Steelers starters return to full practice (Tue Sep 9, 07:34 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (non-injury), WR Antonio Brown (non-injury) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Our View: Start all three with confidence in Week 2. The Steelers have a short week as they play the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
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Schedule

3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5@ Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Houston Texans
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10@ New York Jets
11@ Tennessee Titans
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals