Steelers receiver Brown out of Broncos clash


Antonio Brown will sit out the Pittsburgh Steelers' divisional round playoff game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday due to the effects of the concussion he suffered last weekend.

Pittsburgh revealed on Friday that Brown, who has not practiced all week after taking a brutal hit to the head in the final minute of last Saturday's 18-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, will not play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The hit, delivered by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, has been under discussion ever since, with Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones accusing Brown of faking concussion symptoms to draw a penalty.

Burfict's infringement resulted in a flag and a 15-yard penalty, with a further 15 yards tacked on after Jones drew the ire of the officials during an exchange with Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter, who had illegally come on to the field.

Chris Boswell then converted a 35-yard field goal to effectively win the game for Pittsburgh. Burfict has since received a three-game ban.

Brown is the centerpiece of the Steelers' offense and caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season. He made seven receptions for 119 yards last weekend.

In his absence, Martavis Bryant will take on the starring role, with Markus Wheaton, Darius Heyward-Bey and possibly rookie Sammie Coates set for an increase in targets.

It remains to be seen who will be throwing to the Steelers' receivers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been limited in practice this week with what he has described as torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder.

Roethlisberger is expected to play on Sunday. Backup Landry Jones will start if Roethlisberger is deemed unfit to be involved.