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Pittsburgh Steelers wide recipient Antonio Brown was sent back to Pittsburgh from the camp to deal with minor damage.
The head coach Mike Tomlin told the reporters so much Thursday, although he pointed out that the undiscovered injury was the daily kind. According to Michael David Smith in ProFootballTalk, Brown is about a tense quad muscle and is expected to return "within a few days".
Brown has established itself as one of NFL's most valuable offensive weapons with at least 100 catches and 1 250 receiving yards in five straight seasons. He racked 101 grabs for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns over 14 regular season games in 2017.
The 30-year Central Michigan product missed two competitions with a partially worn calf as part of a week 15 loss for New England Patriots last year. He only missed a game during the last four seasons.
If the dynamic threat is forced back to the sidelines again, JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington are likely to divide the goals of Ben Roethlisberger rather than one who acts as a true No. 1 receiver. Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey should also watch a play in the playtime.
Finally, Steelers offensive is still in Roethlisberg's and Leon's Bell's handsome hands when Brown is not available, but the device is clearly not the same without him.