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Chiefs vs. Steelers: Antonio Brown's status 'very much' in doubt

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will likely not be able to play against the struggling Chiefs on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Justin K. Aller

To say that the Kansas City Chiefs are struggling would be like saying Jar Jar Binks is just a little annoying. The 1-7 Chiefs are riding a five-game losing streak and the road doesn't get any easier on Monday night as the 5-3 Pittsburgh Steelers await them at Heinz Field. To say that the Chiefs are underdogs is like saying that Jar Jar Binks is..... you get the idea.

While the Chiefs aren't likely to arrive back in Kansas City victorious, they may have an easier time in the secondary as it appears that Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will not be available for Ben Roethlisberger to throw to.

According to The Washington Post, the third-year wide receiver will likely miss the team's Week 10 game with a sprained ankle suffered in their Week 9 victory over the Giants in New York.

"We'll see where the week takes us, we'll leave the door ajar but usually (sprained ankles) aren't positive things, particularly for someone who earns a living the way he earns a living," Tomlin said.

Brown leads the Steelers in receptions with 42 and is second on the team in yards with 499. In his absence, Emmanuel Sanders will likely be the No. 2 receiver. The banged-up Steelers will also be without their top two running backs (the third back on the depth chart, Isaac Redman, rushed for 147 yards against the Giants) and without future Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu.

So, if the Chiefs want to win, they may want to take advantage of the fact that the Steelers are injured both on offense and defense. Covering Mike Wallace is tough enough, but doing it when Brown is on the other side of the field just makes it tougher.