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Antonio Brown sent back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation of reported quad strain

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While this isn’t considered serious, you better believe this isn’t just a “bump” or “bruise” situation.

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Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver has missed the past two practices with an undisclosed injury. This is rare for Brown, but the usual camp injury was expected, nothing serious.

Then reports circulated after Thursday’s workout stating Brown wasn’t in Latrobe anymore, but was sent back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation.

Head coach Mike Tomlin, who doesn’t have to disclose the nature of the injury, didn’t specify where the injury is, but did say he is still considered day-to-day.

While this may be true, the fact Brown was sent back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation is certainly cause for concern. If the injury was something which would naturally heal on its own, there would be no need to go back to Pittsburgh to have it evaluated.

Nonetheless, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter added he was told the injury would have Brown out of camp for “just a few days”.

Per ProFootballTalk, their source states the injury is a quadriceps strain, and isn’t expected to be serious:

The injury suffered by Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is not believed to be serious.

A league source tells PFT that Brown strained a quadriceps muscle and is getting it checked out, but is expected to return to practice within a few days.

Barring the evaluation coming back with a serious injury, don’t expect to hear much more on this from the Steelers organization. Then again, if Brown would have to miss the entire preseason wouldn’t be any concern to the team. As long as he is available when the games really matter.

I guess this is when fans fire up the “Madden Curse” narrative...

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, as well as others, as the team prepares for the 2018 regular season.