Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown suffered a nasty hit to the head late in Saturday night’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals and while he is currently in the league-mandated concussion protocol, early reports suggest he will be good to go next weekend when the team plays the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round game.
With 22 seconds left in the game against the AFC Wild Card game against the Bengals, Brown was hit in the head by linebacker Vontaze Burfict after failing to catch an overthrown pass by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It was a cheap shot and Brown was done on the field for several minutes before finally being able to get up and be escorted to the sidelines by the team’s medical staff.
Burfict was flagged 15 yards on the play for his hit and after another personal foul penalty on Bengals cornerback Adam Jones while Brown was still laying on the field, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell came on to kick the eventual game-winning field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t provide much of an update on Brown outside of saying he may have suffered a concussion and that he was still being evaluated. However, early Sunday morning, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that he was told Brown is fine and that he should be good to go for the game in Denver next weekend against the Broncos.
Brown caught 7 passes for 119 yards against the Bengals in the Steelers 18-16 win.