An­to­nio Brown, Steel­ers WR, will sit out Sun­day’s game.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By CameronWolfe CameronWolfe: 303- 954- 1891, cwolfe@den­ver­post. com or @ CameronWolfe

The Bron­cos tried to brush it off, but they knew the Steel­ers took a big blow Fri­day be­fore their divi­sional play­off game even be­gan. Pitts­burgh ruled out star re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown be­cause of a con­cus­sion he suf­fered late in the fourth quar­ter last Satur­day at Cincin­nati.

Pitts­burgh run­ning back DeAn­gelo Wil­liams also was ruled out be­cause of a foot in­jury, and quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger is listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game in Den­ver be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury.

Brown’s 16 re­cep­tions for 189 yards and two touch­downs helped the Steel­ers de­feat the Bron­cos 34- 27 in Pitts­burgh on Dec. 20.

“That’s un­for­tu­nate for A. B .,” Bron­cos cor­ner back Aqib Talib said of Brown be­ing un­able to play.“We know Big Ben is the en­gine that makes it go for real, and he’s play­ing. So we’re go­ing to pre­pare the same way.”

Brown’s ath­leti­cism and speed make him one of the NFL’s best wide re­ceivers. That doesn’t mean the Bron­cos are happy hewill miss Sun­day’s game.

“I was kind of up­set, to be hon­est,” cor­ner­back Bradley Roby said. “Just be­cause last night I stud­ied a lot of just him.”

Brown fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 touch­downs. He gained 320 more yards than the Steel­ers’ next two lead­ing re­ceivers com­bined.

“They have other play­mak­ers, but he’s one of a kind,” Bron­cos safety Dar­ian Ste­wart said of Brown. “It’s go­ing to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but it’s com­pe­ti­tion, so we ex­pect their best.”

The log­i­cal re­place­ments are Mar­tavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton, the Steel­ers’ se­cond- and third- lead­ing re­ceivers. Each fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son just shy of 800 re­ceiv­ing yards.

Bryant had 10 catches for 87 yards in the Dec. 20 game against the Bron­cos. Wheaton made six catches for 62 yards and a touch­down. No other Pitts­burgh wide re­ceiver was thrown to on Roe th li sb er ger’ s 55 pass at­tempts.

“They’ve got speed. That’s it. Speed kills,” Ste­wart said.“We just have to be aware of the deep ball. Stay in front and tackle.”

Pitts­burgh tight end Heath Miller is a re­li­able un­der­neath weapon. Dar­ius Hey­ward- Bey gives the Steel­ers an­other speedy deep threat, but he is in­con­sis­tent catch­ing the ball.

Pitts­burgh will be the first team since the 1979Hous­ton Oil­ers that will go into a play­off game with­out its lead­ing rusher ( Wil­liams) and re­ceiver.

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