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Steelers notebook: Bengals' Jones singing new tune about Brown

| Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 7:18 p.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Bengals' Adam Jones talks with official Perry Paganelli after Vontaze Burfict's illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during the fourth quarter Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said Monday that Antonio Brown should get a “Grammy” for his performance in the waning moments of Saturday's wild-card win over the Bengals after a hit to the head by Vontaze Burfict put Brown in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Jones told the “The Dan Patrick Show” that Brown was faking the injury that occurred when Burfict was called for a personal foul for hitting Brown in the head with his shoulder that ultimately led to Chris Boswell's game-winning field goal.

“Antonio Brown was not hurt. I know he was faking,” Jones told Patrick. “Go back and look at the play. If you go back in slow-motion of the play, you tell me — did Vontaze hit him in the head or did his shoulder pad barely touch him? I think he needs a Grammy award for that one.”

One problem: Grammy's are music awards and not acting awards. That didn't deter Jones' thinking.

“I know if you just got knocked out, you're not gonna be able to wink at me and tell me you're OK, I know that,” Jones said.

Brown was helped off the field by trainers and was diagnosed with a concussion. Brown had not yet been removed from the concussion protocol as of Monday, according to an industry source.

League is reviewing Porter

The NFL is looking into outside linebackers coach Joey Porter and why he was in the middle of the field while trainers tended to the injured Brown.

“As is the case during the regular season, any play or situation that involves a violation or potential violation of player safety rules or unsportsmanlike conduct — whether penalized or not during the game — is reviewed for possible discipline as per our standard protocol,” a league spokesman told the Tribune-Review.

Porter was pushed in the back by Wallace Gilberry and then Jones took a swing at him that resulted in a 15-yard penalty.

This infraction moved Boswell's game-winning field goal attempt from 50 yards to 35 yards.

Assistant coaches aren't allowed on the field of play. However, Porter was attending to an injured player albeit an offensive player.

The Bengals took some verbal shots at Porter on Monday.

“I've got a ton of respect for those guys,” tackle Andrew Whitworth told reporters. “Joey Porter is not one of them. He's not one of the guys I respect very much. He's a guy that has always run his mouth. He's always been disrespectful to people.”

Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther also wasn't pleased with Porter's actions.

“To me, that's not what an NFL coach is as a professional,” Guenther said. “I think it's an embarrassment to the coaching profession.”

Quick test?

Fitzgerald Toussaint suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose that required medical attention. It also required him to go into the concussion protocol.

Toussaint said his helmet slid down and cut his nose.

The Steelers didn't immediately announce Toussaint was in the concussion protocol because of issues with the communication devices from the sidelines to the press box. When they did get word, Toussaint was back in the game.

“They checked me out,” Toussaint said. “I had to answer questions and do some tests.”

Broncos expect Ben, WR Brown to play

Even though Brown remains in the concussion protocol and Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder is “sore,” the Broncos expect both to play.

“Ben will be there. A.B. will be there,” cornerback Aqib Talib said. “We want those guys to be there. If we didn't want them to be there, that means I'd want A.B. to be messed up.

“That's a good dude, a good family dude. We don't want him to be messed up. As long as he's good, he'll be there.”

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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