Steelers Get Scare with Antonio Brown Practice Injury

antonio-brown-calf-injuryThe Pittsburgh Steelers recently had a little bit of a scare when All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown left practice with an injury.

He got hurt during a training camp practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. The good news for Pittsburgh, though, is that the injury is nothing serious.

Head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t discuss the nature of Brown’s injury. But he did describe it as nothing more than a “day-to-day, minor injury. Nothing to speak of.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke to a source that said Brown would be “fine in a few days.”

Brown Appears to Have Suffered a Strained Quad

ProFootballTalk reports that Brown is suffering from a minor quad strain. He’s expected to return to practice within less than a week.

antonio-brown-jaguarsThe 30-year-old receiver returned to the sidelines after sitting out Wednesday’s practice. He signed autographs and watched his teammates, but did not participate in any drills.

Brown has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just three regular season games over the past five years. Every game that he’s missed has come after Pittsburgh had already clinched a postseason berth.

He did, however, miss an important playoff game due to a concussion. The Steelers lost this divisional round matchup to the Broncos in January 2016.

An Invaluable Player to Pittsburgh

A lightly recruited player out of Central Michigan, Brown has quickly proven himself to be the league’s best wide receiver. He led the NFL in receiving last year after playing just 14 games. He also managed to earn his fourth consecutive first-team All-Pro honors along with a fifth-straight Pro Bowl appearance.

Brown has averaged 116.4 catches for 1569.6 yards and 10.4 touchdowns per year in the last five seasons. He also lays claim to a record five straight 100-catch seasons.

He’s currently in the second year of a contract that pays him around $17 million per year. Considering the production that Brown has put up, he definitely seems to be worth the money.

2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Odds

leveon-bell-vs-new-englandBrown is just one part — albeit a big one — of Pittsburgh’s explosive offense. The team also features All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who’s coming off a season where he ran for 1,291 yards, tallied 655 receiving yards, and scored 11 touchdowns.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns for his 15th season. The 6’5″ pocket passed had another fine season, ending with 4,251 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 64.2% completion rate.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is an emerging receiving threat who caught 58 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Playing on the other side of Brown, Smith-Schuster is set to have another strong year.

Pittsburgh also has a solid defense that should hold opponents enough for them to win plenty of games again. The team won the AFC North last season with a 12-4 record.

According to GTBets, they have strong odds of winning the AFC Championship at +475. The only AFC team with better odds right now is New England (+250).

The Steelers odds of winning the Super Bowl sit at +800. This ranks behind New England (+550), Philadelphia (+800), and the LA Rams (+900).

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