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Steelers’ Antonio Brown says Darrelle Revis is 'best corner in the NFL'

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a four-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on Oct. 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Sargent

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It’s too early to tell if Darrelle Revis will suit up on Sunday, but if he does, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown expects to be tested.

“He’s the best corner in the NFL,” Brown said on a conference call. “He’s one of those guys who’s been doing it at a high level for a long time. And you always want to compete against those special guys. And he’s one of the special few.”

This season, though, Revis has looked anything but the player he built his reputation on. He’s been beat deep by speedy receivers and he’s also been hampered by various injuries. He didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury and coach Todd Bowles said he’s not sure if the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native will play against his hometown team.

“He’s progressing every day,” Bowles said. “We just got to see in a matter of time if he’s full speed.”

The Jets secondary has played poorly this season, surrendering seven passes of 40 yards or more in four games. But Brown sidestepped the topic when asked about the weakness of the unit. “I can’t tell you that,” he said. “But I know that they’ve got great a defensive line, a great defense, a great run defense . . . It’s going to be a challenge.”

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Calvin Pryor’s first NFL penalty was a costly one. He said he was fined $25,000 for hitting Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin above the neck and shoulder area last week. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play . . . WR Eric Decker, QB Bryce Petty (shoulder), WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder), TE Braedon Bowman (knee) and RG Brian Winters (concussion) did not practice. Bowles on the possibility of Revis and Decker practicing Thursday: “They’re hurt. I’m not a doctor. If I see them out there with a helmet on, they’ll practice.” . . . LT Ryan Clady (shoulder) and Matt Forte (knee/ribs) were limited.

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