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Antonio Brown back with Steelers next week

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts to a touchdown scored by Martavis Bryant in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t be the champion of the dancing world this year after being eliminated from Dancing With the Stars this week and he also won’t be extending his absence from the Steelers’ offseason program for too much longer.

The Steelers start OTAs next week and Brown will be in Pittsburgh to take part in them with the rest of the team. Brown said he’s “excited to see how we gel together” and thinks his dancing adventure sends him back to the field with an edge.

"[Dance training] can definitely help me with football, change of direction, fluidly, constantly being ready for the next move,” Brown said, via “Dancing is all about the next move, being prepared for the next move in the midst of any move. It will definitely help with ankle strength, pushing off, change of direction.”

Brown also said that he’d like to continue using those stronger ankles as a member of the Steelers for as long as possible. Brown has two years left on a contract that the Steelers tweaked last season after Brown briefly stayed away from workouts and General Manager Kevin Colbert said recently that the team expects them to be honored “without any issue.” Brown wants a new deal, but sounds like he’ll take a no-drama approach to getting it.

“I always want to be a Steeler for life. We will let those things take its course,” Brown said. “I’m excited to get back on the field. ... My focus right now is to show up and become the best player.”

With 375 catches over the last three seasons, Brown’s been one of the best players in the league. That might not get him an immediate extension with the Steelers, but more of the same in 2016 will make it likelier that he’s staying in town one way or another.