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Steelers lose top receiver Antonio Brown to leg injury

Antonio Brown is helped off the field by trainers after he was injured in the first half. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown left Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots in the second quarter with a calf injury and was later taken to the hospital for further evaluation, according to the team.

According to several reports, Brown has a partially torn calf muscle that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season, and he could return for the playoffs.

He was initially ruled questionable to return following a collision in the end zone, however, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS just before halftime that he did not expect to have Brown back in this game, and the team later confirmed he would not return.

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Brown was helped off the field by trainers and appeared unable to put weight on his left leg after colliding with Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe and safety Duron Harmon. Brown went into the medical tent on the sideline before being taken to the locker room. He was able to put some weight on his left leg walking to the locker room.

Brown had an X-ray done on his left leg at Heinz Field, according to CBS’s Tracy Wolfson.