Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown could be shut down for awhile after suffering a calf injury on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but he had a powerful message for his team on Monday.
The Steelers lost in devastating fashion, having points that would have given them a late lead taken off the board before an interception in the end zone sealed a 27-24 victory for New England. Because of that loss, the Steelers are now likely to have to travel to Gillette Stadium if both teams advance to the AFC Championship for a rematch of last year’s conference title game.
However, Brown saw positives in a night that ended in frustration and long-term concern for his health.
“Even in adversity I can’t help but feel blessed. Thanks to everyone who reached out. This is a minor setback for me but not this team,” Brown tweeted. “The goal is still the same & I’m confident that we can & will achieve it. We may not have won the game yesterday but this TEAM made a statement.”
And he’s right. Without their most explosive offensive weapon, the Steelers looked like the better football team for a sizable portion of that game.
The offense continued to look potent and that’s a big deal for a team that was disproportionately dependent on him during earlier stretches of the season.
Brown’s absence and a loss in a game where they could have put home-field advantage in the AFC on ice certainly aren’t good things for the Steelers. However, there are positives to be drawn from Sunday night’s performance and they absolutely should be latching onto those as they push forward.
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