During the wild Wildcard game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown suffered a brutal hit at the hands, or, rather, head, of Vontaze Burfict. The video of the hit is both terrifying and infuriating, especially considering Burfict has leveled many dirty hits on players throughout the season, jeopardizing their health and careers.
This is just brutal pic.twitter.com/hBsIAJIBwO— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 10, 2016
Burfict is facing a suspension for his actions, while Adam 'Pacman' Jones claimed that Antonio Brown was faking the extent of his injuries. Unfortunately, Brown was not faking-- he was knocked out cold, and his injury was so severe that he will probably not be able to play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
"Not looking good" for WR Antonio Brown to play Sunday vs. Denver due to his concussion, per @BobHoltzmanESPN. "Very likely" Ben plays.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2016
This is bad news for the Steelers who have seen unparalleled productivity from Brown this season and can count on him to be a reliable, consistent force on the field.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury during that same game. In more positive news, Roethlisberger is "very likely" to play on Sunday. An injured Roethlisberger is better than a healthy Landry Jones, the Steelers backup quarterback, so it remains to be seen if Roethlisberger will be able to play at 100%.