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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for the regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. The decision comes after Brown felt discomfort while testing out his knee in pregame warmups in what is a must-win Week 17 game for the Steelers.

The Steelers absolutely must have a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, and then also get help from the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore today. Another long shot way the Steelers could make the playoffs would be a Pittsburgh win and then the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans would have to tie their matchup tonight.

With Brown out, that'll open up lots of opportunity for a few other Steelers, mainly JuJu Smith-Schuster. His success is usually tied to whether Brown is getting double-teamed or not, but he should do just fine against a Bengals team that is allowing the third-most passing yards per game (275.7) this season. Smith-Schuster is coming off one of his more interesting games last week, grabbing 11 catches on 15 targets for 115 yards, but also fumbling the ball to lose the game late.

Running back James Conner could see an uptick in production today, especially in the passing game. This will be his first game back after missing the last three with a foot injury. 

Other ancillary pieces – Vance McDonald, Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers – will likely scoop up Brown's available snaps, but there's no guarantee on who will be the most productive of the group. 

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