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Antonio Brown injury: Steelers wide receiver out with ankle sprain against Browns

Reports say that Antonio Brown will be on the sideline on Sunday.

Justin K. Aller

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will not play on Sunday afternoon due to a sprained ankle against the Cleveland Browns, according to Andrew Siciliano.

Brown had practiced leading up to this game, but the decision to sit him isn't surprising considering the flexibility needed in that area to be an effective wide receiver.

Brown will miss his third consecutive game with the injury, leaving the Steelers with Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, David Gilreath and Plaxico Burress (signed earlier this week) in their receiving corps.

An injury to any one of those players would cause a rather large problem in Pittsburgh.

As for this game, it seems like the Steelers would want to keep the ball on the ground anyway, considering Charlie Batch will start for injured Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. But the common thought was Leftwich would mostly hand off against Baltimore in Week 11, but he had 38 pass attempts - and that was with broken ribs.

It will be interesting to see what Pittsburgh's offensive game plan in Week 12 against the Browns is. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Cleveland.