Joe Haden

Steelers star Brown out vs. Texans, Conner done for season

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to pick up the pieces from an emotional loss to the New England Patriots without Antonio Brown.

Coach Mike Tomlin says Brown will miss Pittsburgh's Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL's leading receiver left in the second quarter against the Patriots after getting tangled up while trying to catch a pass in the end zone. Tomlin declined to get into the specifics of Brown's injury and didn't put a timetable on a possible return.

"I just know he's out next week," Tomlin said.

The Steelers (11-3) will also be without rookie running back James Conner, who was scheduled to undergo surgery on...

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