Steelers embrace challenge of playing without All-Pro Brown

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are embracing the challenge of playing without star wide receiver Antonio Brown.

The All-Pro will sit out Sunday's playoff game at Denver with a concussion, the first game he's missed in more than three years. The Steelers say they have the depth to win without him.

Brown was injured late in a wild-card win over Cincinnati last Saturday. He missed practice all week and head coach Mike Tomlin said doctors never got to the point where they felt comfortable clearing Brown to play.

Rookie Sammie Coates says it's an opportunity for the rest of the receivers to show what they can do without Brown.

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AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.

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