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Breaking Angles: NFL Pro Bowl Has AB out and JuJu In

AB is out. Juju is in. We’re talking about the Pro Bowl.

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Breaking Angles: NFL Pro Bowl Has AB out and JuJu In

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Another day, another Antonio Brown based headline…

Adding to the continued drama surrounding Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown was pulled from the Pro Bowl today. JuJu Smith-Schuster will be replacing AB and tweeted his excitement. An alleged knee injury will keep the wide receiver out of the January 27th game. That is the same knee injury that kept him out of the final game of the season.

However, head coach Mike Tomlin has added doubt to this injury. According to Tomlin, Brown skipped a required MRI and the team walk through before the season closer. This led Tomlin to declare him inactive though he was deemed healthy by his own agent, not a team doctor.

All of this comes after a rather rocky season between the Steelers, their star wide-receiver, and the fresh faced Smith-Schuster.

AB was scheduled for his ninth Pro Bowl appearance before the announcement. In light of the change, this will Schuster-Smith’s first appearance in the celebrated show of skill. Juju certainly earned his spot in the all-star event. He was voted team MVP by his teammates after posting 1,426 yards in the season. He had eight games of 100 yards in just his second year in the league. More than that, he has been a fan favorite of the season and what could be considered a small cult following.

Brown has been the opposite. Throughout the season, there have been disciplinary issues ranging from small to large. He ended the season in an alleged dispute with his head coach and starting quarterback Ben Rothlisberger. Various former Steelers have come ou on both sides of the argument. Most notably, ex-linebacker James Harrison and Brown took an Instagram story to mock Tomlin during a press conference. Other former teammates have called Brown a distraction in the locker room and consistent problem. Rumors have begun to fly that Brown and the Steelers may part ways in the off season. Only time will tell. Until then…

Have a great time, Juju!

Sarah Jane, Sarah, or SJ-depending on the source-is a director, educator, theatre artist and now, sports blogger. She lives in Queens with her darling, not-so-sports-fan boyfriend. She played ice hockey growing up for the NJ Quarry Cats and various other teams. Being team captain her last two seasons is the most important achievement of her life to date. She proudly also was about a quarter of the size of her opponents and often led her team in both penalty minutes and enthusiasm. She's a Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan (thanks, Momma!) and a New York Yankees fan (thanks, Poppa?) and was given zero choice on all three of these teams. Other hobbies include reading non-fiction books, cooking, and being spunky. Check in with her for all your greater hockey needs!

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