Antonio Brown partially tore his calf muscle against the Patriots, expected back for the playoffs

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The Steelers lost their biggest wide receiving threat on Sunday against the Patriots - Antonio Brown, who partially tore a calf muscle.

Brown was attempting to catch a pass in the end zone when his leg got sandwiched between Eric Rowe and Duron Harmon and had to be helped off the field immediately after the play.

Brown, who has not missed a game since 2012, will miss the Steelers' final two regular season games but is expected to be back for the playoffs.

How this will limit him, if it does at all, remains to be seen. The Steelers can afford to be without Brown for the final two weeks, as they finish the year with games against the Texans and Browns.

Unless something insane happens, the Steelers will finish with the second seed in the AFC playoff race and will have a bye week during Wild Card Weekend.

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