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As expected, Steelers WR Antonio Brown (ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday.  The team hasn't ruled him out yet, but Brown is an extreme long shot to play against the Chiefs on Monday night.  WR Emmanuel Sanders will draw the start and is a high-upside spot starter in fantasy.  He has plenty of talent and a sweet matchup.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin admits that WR Antonio Brown's status is "in doubt" for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.  Even if Brown is dealing with a "mild" high-ankle sprain, as Tomlin said Monday, he's likely to miss a week or two.  Pittsburgh can win without him on Monday.  But we're thinking they push Brown to return for a huge Week 11 game against the Ravens.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin characterized WR Antonio Brown's injury as a "mild" high-ankle sprain.  We've heard a high-ankle sprain from Brown, a regular sprain from Pro Football Talk, and now this from Tomlin.  The details are fuzzy here, and we probably won't have a good read on Brown's status until late this week.  With a cake matchup against the Chiefs, we're tentatively betting on the Steelers holding him out.  But we'll continue to update his status throughout the week.  WR Emmanuel Sanders will draw the start if Brown can't go.

Pro Football Talk hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown did NOT suffer a high-ankle sprain on Sunday.  PFT added that the injury "is not regarded as severe."  Brown told reporters after the game that he had a high-ankle sprain but would be back for next week.  It turns out the latter part of that statement was true.  Or at least more true.  Brown will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the exact nature of his injury.  And the Steelers could still hold him out next week in an easily-winnable game against the Chiefs.  We'll continue to update Brown's status.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown said after Sunday's game that he has a high-ankle sprain.  He also said that he'll be back for next week's game.  That obviously doesn't add up.  Brown is surely headed for an MRI on Monday.  Hopefully we'll get a better idea of his status after that.  If Brown misses time, Emmanuel Sanders would move into the starting lineup and be an intriguing WR3 in fantasy.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown suffered a foot or ankle injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Giants.  He was being looked at by trainers on the sidelines and has been deemed questionable to return.

The New York hotel the Steelers planned to stay at this weekend is without power due to Hurricane Sandy.  As a result, the team will fly in to the city the day of the game and fly home immediately afterwards.  It'll disrupt the rhythm of the week, but we doubt it'll impact their game against the Giants.  It's a 4:25 pm ET start, so the guys will have plenty of time to settle in before game time.  We're not adjusting any projections.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) is now looking extremely iffy for Sunday's game against the Steelers.  The team described his concussion as "mild," but Revis still hasn't been cleared for contact.  "If he's not 100 percent, Darrelle won't play, it's as simple as that," HC Rex Ryan said.  The team is planning on deciding whether or not Revis will play by Saturday.  If he can't go, it'd be a big boost for Steelers WRs Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger admits that the absence of WR Mike Wallace would hurt WR Antonio Brown's production.  "Everyone talks about how great Antonio Brown is — and he is — but the reason Antonio is going to get open — not the only reason — but one of the reasons Antonio is going to get open is because Mike is stretching the field," Big Ben said.  "Any time that Mike is on the field, he commands two guys' eyes, whether it’s the cornerback and the safety, but somebody’s always going to be keeping an eye on him."  While Wallace's absence would mean more targets for Brown, it'd also mean more defensive attention.  We still don't expect Wallace to miss any regular-season action, though, so we're not touching Brown's projections.

The Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a 5-year extension worth $42.5 million. The 2011 Pro Bowler is now under team control through the 2017 season. Brown certainly made out well in this deal as a 24-year-old coming off a breakout sophomore season. But we’re thinking Mike Wallace isn’t too thrilled that his counterpart’s contract was addressed before his. Wallace’s reps and the Steelers have burned the midnight oil trying to hammer out a deal. Unable to reach common ground, they've broken off talks, with the front office reportedly unwilling to rekindle contract negotiations until their star pass catcher arrives at camp. With his $2.7 million first round tender still unsigned, this holdout could be a lengthy one. Stay tuned.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown pinpointed route-running and yards-after-the-catch as the two areas he'd like to improve in 2012.  Brown has already developed into a precise receiver -- and one of QB Ben Roethlisberger's most-trusted targets.  He also finished 16th last year among WRs in yards-after-the-catch.  Further improvement in both areas could lead to a true breakout campaign for the 3rd-year WR.  Brown is one of our favorite mid-round WR picks in fantasy drafts this year.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) practiced all week and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns.  He'll start, but the plan is to pull Big Ben around halftime.  He's not a fantasy option this week, although his return is good news for WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) practiced on Wednesday.  He's expected to play about half of Sunday's game against the Browns as a playoff tuneup.  QB Charlie Batch will play the 2nd half.  Big Ben won't be a fantasy option, but his return boosts the stock of WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin says QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) has "a shot" to play against the Browns this weekend.  Beat writer Gerry Dulac hears that the team wants to get Big Ben "about 25-30 snaps" so that he's not rusty heading into the postseason.  That'd be about half the game.  Roethlisberger won't be a fantasy option this weekend, but if he plays at all it'd be good news for WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.  Steelers officials would be "shocked" if QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) played against the Rams this weekend.  Big Ben appeared to make it through last Monday night's game without worsening the injury, but he was clearly impacted by his immobility.  La Canfora believes the team will rest Roethlisberger at least 1 game.  They're capable of beating the Rams with QB Charlie Batch piloting a run-heavy attack.  It's bad news for Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, though, who will be just WR3s if Batch starts.  Stay tuned for updates.

Not-so-surprisingly, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) is active and starting against the 49ers tonight.  He reportedly wasn't moving around well in pregame warmups, but that's to be expected for a guy just 11 days removed from a high-ankle sprain.  Big Ben is obviously a risky fantasy option tonight, but go ahead and get him in your starting lineup if you waited.  He's a better play than 49ers QB Alex Smith.  WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are also safe to get in fantasy lineups.

Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac confirms that QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) is expected to start tonight's game against the 49ers.  "He's good enough to go," a team source told Dulac.  Big Ben put in limited practices on Friday and Saturday and will certainly be hobbled tonight.  He's a risky fantasy option, although Roethlisberger tends to play well through injury.  His availability is also great news for WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders is expected to miss a couple of weeks after getting his knee scoped on Monday.  The 2nd-year wideout was just starting to heat up after a slow start, but this figures to derail his season again.  Sanders can be dropped in all but the deepest of leagues.  Meanwhile, it's more good news for WR Antonio Brown, who ranks an incredible 7th among all WRs in targets.  He'll continue to operate as Pittsburgh's clear-cut #2 receiver.

Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders has left the team to grieve the death of his mother.  Beat writer Scott Brown considers Sanders unlikely to play Sunday night against the Ravens.  It's unclear if that's because of his mother's death or the knee injury that kept him out of Wednesday's practice.  Regardless, it'll mean another busy day for WR Antonio Brown.

According to Steelers beat writer Mike Bires, WR Emmanuel Sanders -- not WR Antonio Brown -- will start against the Patriots on Sunday if WR Hines Ward (ankle) can't.  The news isn't as big of a deal as it sounds.  Sanders and Brown will split snaps, and will likely both be on the field together quite a bit.  Sanders actually played more snaps than Brown last week, but Brown was more productive.  That's been the case all season, and Brown remains the superior fantasy play this week.  Sanders still makes for a high-upside WR3 option though -- assuming Ward is out.

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