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Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown

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Brown was listed as questionable to play in the Steelers’ must-win Zach Brown Jersey , regular-season finale at home against Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three practices this week with a knee injury, and coach Mike Tomlin said the team sent Brown for further evaluation on Friday.Tomlin said Brown first began experiencing knee discomfort following the team’s loss last Sunday at New Orleans. He caught 14 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in that game.“I gave him a (veteran’s day off) Wednesday like I give to a lot of guys,” Tomlin said. “(He) got in here (Thursday) and didn’t feel comfortable enough to do it. We sent him for tests (Friday). We’ll get the results of those tests and have more information.”Tomlin didn’t rule Brown out of Sunday’s game.“Obviously, he’s a veteran player,” Tomlin said. “If it gets better, there’s not a lot of physical repetition needed to perform. We’ll see where all of that goes.”Brown missed the final two regular-season games in 2017 with a calf injury, but he returned in a home playoff loss against Jacksonville to catch seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He also missed a playoff game at Denver in 2016 with a concussion. Before last season, Brown hadn’t missed a regular-season game because of injury since 2012.Pittsburgh needs a win against Cincinnati and help from the Cleveland Browns to continue its season. The Steelers would win the AFC North for a third straight year and qualify for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season if Pittsburgh wins and Cleveland defeats the Baltimore Ravens on the road.Having Brown would certainly help.Brown, a four-time All-Pro, leads the NFL with a single-season franchise record of 15 touchdown receptions. He’s also tied for seventh in the league with 104 receptions and ninth with 1,297 yards receiving.Brown needs six catches on Sunday to reach 110 receptions for the fourth time in his career, the second-most such seasons in NFL history. He is three yards from becoming the sixth player with five or more 1,300-yard receiving seasons and 103 yards away from being the third player who has five or more seasons with 1,400 yards.More pressing for the Steelers is continuing their historic run of making the playoffs.“I don’t care about anything but winning this football game,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “Because nothing matters if you don’t.”NEW KICKERIf the Steelers reach the playoffs, embattled kicker Chris Boswell won’t be with them. The Steelers placed Boswell on injured reserve and signed Matt McCrane on Friday.“(Boswell) experienced some discomfort Sunday in the game (against New Orleans) Devin Bush Jersey ,” Tomlin said. “His usual work day is Thursday, so we waited to see the ramifications. He was a full participant (Thursday), but felt some discomfort after, and we thought it was necessary to make a move.”The Steelers signed Boswell to a contract extension in August after he made 85 of 95 field goals in three seasons, including three game-winners last season, but he has struggled in 2018. Boswell has missed seven field-goal attempts and five extra points.McCrane tried out with the Steelers after Boswell missed two kicks in a loss at Oakland earlier this month. McCrane appeared in four games this season with Arizona and Oakland, converting 5 of 9 field goals and all five extra points.McCrane said Friday he was playing golf when he received his call from the Steelers. He worked out for the first time at Heinz Field following Friday’s practice.“It’s been crazy, it really has,” McCrane said. “I got here late last night, had a couple delays, but I’m excited to get here and get going. It’s been a whirlwind for sure.”NOTES: Pro Bowl RB James Conner, who missed the last three games with an ankle injury, is listed as questionable after fully practicing this week. … LB Vince Williams (toe) is doubtful and S Sean Davis (quad) is questionable for Sunday’s game. The Pittsburgh Steelers can punch their tickets to the postseason with a victory over the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.However, they will have to accomplish that goal without a couple of key players.Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is suspended after a hard block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday night. Linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in that game and had to be hospitalized.Pittsburgh (10-2) can clinch its third AFC North title in four seasons with a win or tie against Baltimore, which has won three straight. Getting a win is the main focus this week, not the fallout from the physical game against the Bengals.“It’s a challenge on a short week Diontae Johnson Jersey , you know, playing on Monday Night and having another big division game coming up,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “But such is life in the AFC North. We embrace the challenges of playing in this division — how tough it is and the intentions of those we compete against. We’ll be energized by game time on Sunday. We’ll be excited about defending our turf against a very good football team.”The Ravens also had a key loss when their top cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in the previous game against Lions. He was also suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.As a result, Baltimore will rely on Brandon Carr and rookie Marlon Humphrey to start on the outside against the Steelers’ Antonio Brown and likely Martavis Bryant. A pair of young cornerbacks, Jaylen Hill and Maurice Canady, will also get more opportunities. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was promoted from the practice squad and could see some action.“Our secondary is playing at a really high level,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “It will be tested in this game against their players and their scheme. So, we look forward to it. How we fare is yet to be determined. We’ll have to prove that on the field.”The Steelers beat Baltimore 26-9 in the first meeting on Oct 1. With Ravens tackle Brandon Williams out of the lineup with a foot injury, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell amassed 144 yards with two touchdowns. Williams has bounced back from the injury and Baltimore’s run defense has been solid. So, Bell will be challenged to repeat that performance.This game also has big playoff implications for the Ravens, who own the sixth and final spot in the AFC playoff race. Baltimore could improve its postseason seeding with a win.“It’s a great rivalry,” Harbaugh said. “We love playing in it. It’s the most physical game we play every single year. It’s always tough coming out of the game in that you’re going to have a lot of bumps and bruises for sure. We have respect for them.”Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is looking forward to the challenge against the Steelers defense, which is ranked fourth overall in the NFL. In his last seven games at Heinz Field, Flacco completed 64.4 percent of his passes, averaging 241.7 yards per contest with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He is 4-3 over that stretch.“This game is always awesome,” Flacco said. “It’s a ton of fun to go play up there. The more you go up there Justin Layne Jersey , the more you enjoy the atmosphere. It’s a good, old-fashioned football game that you love to be a part of.”The Steelers lead all-time series with Baltimore, 23-20. However, the teams have split the last 22 meetings.Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also appreciates the rivalry with Ravens, which is much different than the contentious meeting against the Bengals.“The difference between this game and the Cincinnati game is these two teams, us and Baltimore, there’s always a respect involved in it,” Roethlisberger said. “You’re going to get hit really hard or you’re going to hit somebody really hard, but you’re going help them up and say, ‘Man, nice job.’ At the end of it, you’re going to shake hands and give the other guy a hug and say that was a lot of fun and can’t wait to do it next year. It’s a fun rivalry in the sense that there’s a lot of respect and there are two good football teams.”

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