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Steelers' roster math suggests Antonio Brown likely to return

Steelers wide receiver could return this week.

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown could be making his return to the 53-man roster Sunday, the SB Nation blog Behind the Steel Curtain is reporting.

The blog isn't citing any sources, but does say if one does the math the return of Brown, who's been out since Week 9 with an ankle injury, is almost a certainty.

With Toney Clemons being signed by Jacksonville to their active roster, and the release of WR David Gilreath, the Steelers only have two options if they wish to carry four wide receivers into Baltimore for their Week 13 game.

Jerricho Cotchery, who broke two ribs against the Ravens two weeks ago, and Antonio Brown, who hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 9 against the New York Giants.

Before his injury, Brown caught 42 passes for 499 yards and a touchdown. It was thought the third-year wideout may make his return last Sunday, but his injured ankle wasn't fully healed.

Currently, the Steelers are carrying just three wide receivers -- Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace and Plaxico Burress. The addition of Brown would add more depth to a position which has struggled since starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Though Brown may not be fully healthy, he could provide a spark that the Steelers offense could use Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS).

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