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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown WR - OAK

Experience: 9 YRS  
Height: 5'10"  
Weight: 186 
Bye: 7

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The Steelers traded WR Antonio Brown to the Raiders in exchange for 3rd- and 5th-round picks. Oakland also gave Brown a new 3-year, $50.1 million deal that makes him the league's highest-paid WR. The move ends Brown's 9-year tenure in Pittsburgh that saw him top 1,100 yards 7 times. The future Hall-of-Famer turns 31 in July and remained a stat-piling machine last season, leading the league with 15 receiving scores and finishing top 10 in catches (104) and yards (1,297). But it's worth noting that he posted his lowest yards-per-target average (7.72) since 2012. And Pro Football Focus graded him 26th among 117 WRs. Even if he's past his peak, though, Brown is still 1 of the game's best. We'll see how he gels with HC Jon Gruden and QB Derek Carr, but he'll obviously be fed a boatload of targets in Oakland. Brown figures to land safely inside our top 10 WRs when the rankings come out this spring. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, JuJu Smith-Schuster takes over as the #1 WR and James Washington gets a big opportunity to step in as the #2.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that there's a "high probability" the Steelers trade WR Antonio Brown this offseason. The mercurial receiver may have punched his ticket out of town when he reportedly got into a tiff with QB Ben Roethlisberger on the Wednesday before the season finale and then skipped the next 2 days of practice. Brown showed up ready to play against the Bengals on Sunday, but the Steelers made him inactive. It's possible that cooler heads prevail and Brown returns to Pittsburgh for the 2019 campaign, but this will obviously be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason. He's due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so any trade would likely come before then. Brown's departure would make JuJu Smith-Schuster the Steelers' clear #1 WR and give James Washington a shot to capture the #2 job.

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. That leaves JuJu Smith-Schuster as the clear #1 WR, with James Washington, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer behind him. Washington is your best bet if you're looking to take a flier.

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Pro Football Talk hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is “feeling better today” and "has a chance" to play against the Bengals. A final decision won't be made until pregame warmups, but the vibe on Brown is trending in the right direction. We'll have his official status around 3 pm ET.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers WR Antonio Brown "has a chance" to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals but that his bothersome knee "will need to improve to have a shot" at Brown being active. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff obviously complicates the decision for fantasy owners. We'll watch for early Sunday updates, but you might have to sit the Steelers star if you don't have a later-game replacement option. Rookie WR James Washington would likely play in Brown's place if he sits and could serve as likely available insurance.

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Injury Predictor

After missing just 1 game over the previous 4 seasons, Brown lost 2 to a partially torn left calf in 2017. That didn't stop him from leading the league in receiving yards for the 2nd time, of course. Brown also lost a playoff game in January 2016 to the concussion he suffered on LB Vontaze Burfict's penalized head shot. Brown's production has also taken a hit when QB Ben Roethlisberger has missed time, but Roethlisberger has avoided game-sapping injuries in 3 of the past 5 seasons.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
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Date Injury Analysis
Dec 23, 2018 Knee Strain Grade 1 Brown sustained an unspecified knee injury in Week 16 and missed the finale. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report indicated Brown didn't sit because of injury.
Jul 31, 2018 Inguinal Hip Strain Brown missed time early in training camp with a hip flexor.
Dec 17, 2017 Leg Calf Tear Brown left in the 1st half against the Patriots with a partially torn left calf. He missed 2 games, then returned after a 1st-round playoff bye.
Jan 9, 2016 Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Brown took a brutal hit from Vontaze Burfict with less than 20 seconds left in the Wild Card game against the Bengals. The concussion cost him the playoff loss the following week.
Nov 4, 2012 Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Brown suffered a "mild" high left ankle sprain and missed the next 3 games.

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