Usually when the word “mild” is attached to things, those things suck. Mild chicken wings are for pansies. Ditto for salsa.
A medium pace is the wrong pace. For real men, there is only all in, or nothing at all, which applies to everything except high ankle sprains and heart attacks. Antonio Brown has reminded us of the former exception to this alpha-male custom.
Brown left Pittsburgh’s win over the Giants yesterday with an ankle injury that the wide receiver himself later called a high-ankle sprain. That’s the worst sprain imaginable, as it’s infamously an injury that can linger and nag even once a player has returned to game action. Immediately once Brown exited there was concern among fantasy owners, mainly because that’s what fantasy owners do. Be concerned about things.
But then later on in the evening ProFootballTalk reported that Brown’s high-ankle sprain wasn’t a high-ankle sprain at all, and instead it was something else entirely. Please end the calamity and give us clarity, Mike Tomlin.
Alas, when the Steelers head coach spoke to the media this afternoon he called the injury a “mild” high-ankle sprain. Medium pace indeed. So what does that mean? Who the hell knows.
Yep, right now that’s the best answer we have for you, although you can feel reasonably confident in the knowledge that Brown either won’t play in Week 10, or he’ll be limited. Either way, you shouldn’t be worrying too much for two reasons.
1. Brown’s two four-game splits over the first half of the season define inconsistency at a notoriously inconsistent position, which is likely a product of his status as wide receiver No. 1 (A) alongside Mike Wallace in the Steelers’ passing offense. Over the first four games Brown averaged 81.5 receiving yards weekly, and then over the next four that dropped to 43.3, a steep tumble even if we account for his missed time yesterday.
2. There’s an easy, almost universally available solution for the Brown owner: Emmanuel Sanders. He’s owned in only 1.6 percent of ESPN leagues, and six percent of Yahoo leagues. He had a touchdown yesterday, and he’s moving along at a solid clip of nearly 40 yards per game despite limited targets while playing behind Wallace, Brown, and tight end Heath Miller.
With Percy Harvin day-to-day and recovering from his own ankle injury and Stevie Johnson nursing a thigh contusion (both appear headed for the ol’ questionable tag this week) there will be some fun times on the wide receiver waiver wire tomorrow night.