The Steelers have just a few games left in which to secure the No. 1 AFC seed. Their home matchup against the Patriots in Week 15 is the most important of those, but don't sleep on the importance of going into Cincinnati and winning Monday night as a critical component towards chasing homefield advantage.

One problem: they might have to do it without Antonio Brown. The superstar wide receiver, who has exploded the last few weeks as the Steelers offense got things cranked up, is battling a toe injury and has missed the last two days of practice.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Brown may very well miss the game against the Bengals too. And, per Fowler, the Steelers are at least gameplanning as if he won't be available.

Fowler reported on Saturday morning that the injury is considered "minor" and it is very possible he ends up playing for the Steelers in this divisional rivalry game on Monday night. Brown was listed on the team's final injury report as questionable.

Having the Monday Night Football game is a big plus, because it means an extra day of practice and an extra day to get healthy for Brown. But it's also hard to imagine the Steelers pushing the envelope when it comes to Brown playing; they have to have him for the long haul if they want to win a Super Bowl.