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Steelers' Martavis Bryant separates shoulder, hopes to return next week

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has an AC sprain in his right shoulder, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced after Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Bryant, the team's fourth-round pick in this year's NFL draft, left Thursday's game after taking a hit in the first quarter. He didn't return.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the injury is "relatively minor" and that Bryant hopes to return to practice next week. The 6-foot-4 Bryant had six catches for 68 yards and one touchdown during the preseason.

Earlier this month, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he has high expectations for the rookie, comparing him to former Pittsburgh wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

“What [Bryant] can bring is kind of what Plax did, a big body down the field, guys have to respect that speed,” Roethlisberger said. “I think if he can get to Plax’s level we’ll be happy with that.”

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