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Antonio Brown is the AFC special-teams player of the week

Antonio Brown, Isaac Redman

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with teammate Isaac Redman (33) after returning a punt for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has become a major threat for the team’s offense. He also has become a dangerous punt returner.

The latter skill set has secured for Brown the AFC special-teams player of the week award.

Brown’s 60-yard punt return for a touchdown broke the back of the Bengals, putting the Steelers up 28-7.

Brown is third in the AFC with 330 punt return yards this season. He is second in the AFC with a 12.2 punt return average.

A sixth-round pick from Central Michigan in 2010, Brown averages 12.2 yards per punt return, good for second in the AFC. He leads the conference with 1,665 all-purposes yards.