The Pittsburgh Steelers have one week to prepare for the Denver Broncos, and every day is key in the recovery of Antonio Brown. The Steelers wideout entered concussion protocol Monday, and will need to clear examination before he is allowed to play in the AFC Divisional round matchup.
According to Bengals corner Adam Jones, Brown won’t need long to recover. Jones accused Brown of flopping, adding that Brown should receive an “Academy Award for that performance.”
Brown isn’t talking to media per concussion protocol, but he’s got no problem tweeting. His motto, “Business is Booming,” was in full effect the morning after the Steelers controversial win.
Brown is now in concussion protocol for the week, meaning he must progress through steps of gradually increasing physical stress. The first step is rest and recovery, which prohibits the player from doing any strenuous activity. Players are also advised against using social media and computers, but it looks like Brown isn’t being bothered much.
The next step for Brown will be light aerobic exercise. The next step allows for strength training, with all action under the supervision of the team’s medical staff. The next step allows for football activities, but still prohibits contact with other players or tackling dummies. If there are any setbacks during these escalating workouts, the player remains at that step until symptoms subside.
After Brown is cleared by the Steelers medical staff, he will still need to be examined by an independent neurological consultant before he is cleared to play. The Steelers face the Broncos on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. Eastern.