Antonio Brown

The Steelers suffered a serious injury scare in their stunning defeat at the hands of the Patriots. The league’s best receiver Antonio Brown exited the game in the second quarter and got tests taken at a nearby hospital. Now the team has learned that the 29-year-old has partially torn his calf muscle and is expected to miss at least one week of game action, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). However, Schefter adds that Brown is likely to be back with the Steelers for the postseason.

I am not one to doubt Adam Schefter, but missing one week or even two weeks would equate to the best case scenario for the Steelers and Brown.

I spoke with a local doctor here in Buffalo, NY about the injury and he was shocked to hear that time-frame of recovery. Here’s what he told me:

There are three different types of calf strains and in the forms of ‘grades’. A grade one calf strain is a slight pull of the muscle where pain/discomfort can be felt after the activity, and can last from between 2-5 days.

A grade two calf strain (and likely what Brown has) is damage to a larger number of muscle fibers, bruises may also appear where the muscle was strained, causing the area to be sore to the touch. Full recovery takes approximately 4-to-8 weeks with good rehabilitation, something he should have.

A grade three strain is a complete rupture of the muscle. This is the most severe calf strain with a complete tearing or rupture of muscle fibres in the lower leg. Full recovery can take 3-4 months and, in some instances, surgery may be needed. He would not be back this season if this was the injury that was sustained.

The likelihood that Brown has a grade two strain is high and that would put Brown;s postseason status in doubt. The Steelers haven’t locked up a first round bye yet–and it sounds like they might need to in order for Brown to suit up in their first postseason game.

Antonio Brown is a fighter, so you better believe he will do all he can to get healthy for the playoffs, but depending on the severity of the strain, guaranteeing we will see him play in the postseason is a stretch.

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