Earlier in the day, a report would break indicating that Steelers’ wideout Antonio Brown was dealing with an illness. But it was believed that his calf injury wasn’t going to keep him out of Sunday’s divisional round action. However, now it appears to be the other way around.
“Brown’s uncertain status is reportedly due to the calf strain he suffered in Week 15, not the illness that forced the Steelers to send the pass-catcher home from practice Friday.”
But it gets better from there.
“Head coach Mike Tomlin announced Friday that he still expects Brown to suit up and said the receiver ‘looked really good’ in practice this week, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com, so it’s unclear if he’s suffered a setback with the calf injury.”
In Week 5 against Jacksonville, AB would rack up 157 yards on 10 catches. However, the Steelers would fall 30-9, signalling Jacksonville’s arrival. But these teams are vastly different now. The Jags have a top-two defense but are struggling lately. The Steelers, despite a rough start, have a highly potent offense. It’s going to be a battle.
But the Steelers would love to have their superstar available for it. During the season, Brown would rack up a league-leading 1,533 yards (despite appearing in only 14 games). Not to mention, a league-leading 109.5 yards per game. He’s a stud. He’s a four-time All-Pro.
And the Steelers need him.