The Pittsburgh Steelers’ injury report grew last week when wide receiver Antonio Brown went down with an ankle injury.
But while many expected Brown to miss this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it now looks like Brown will not just be in street clothes for that contest, but a few more as well.
However Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, per a source, says that Brown’s ankle is much worse than originally reported and will likely keep him out a few weeks.
“To some surprise, his ankle injury is bad enough that it could cause him to miss, per a source with knowledge of the situation, a few games.”
After Monday night’s game, the Steelers face the Ravens, the Browns, and then the Ravens again.
With Brown out, Emmanuel Sanders becomes the starter. Sanders has stepped up and make some big plays for the Steelers’ offense and has 24 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown on the season. Sanders was also in the news Friday, getting fined $15,000 for faking an injury and the Steelers have been fined $35,000.
The play happened during the Steelers Week 7 win against the Bengals when Sanders went down in the huddle to stop the clock. He had to be carried off the field by two people and returned to action on the next play.
Playing for a new contract, whether it be with the Steelers or someone else, this is a huge three week stretch for Wallace.
With Brown out, certainly it is an opportunity for Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery to be more involved, but it is also a big opportunity for Mike Wallace to potentially once again put up numbers of a No. 1 receiver.
I would expect to see a very heavy dose of Wallace the next few weeks, providing he can hold onto the football.