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Antonio Brown returns to practice for Steelers

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There’s nothing like the arrival of a veteran receiver to help speed the healing of a young receiver’s ankle.

A day after the Steelers signed Plaxico Burress, Antonio Brown practiced for the first time since spraining an ankle 17 days ago.

Brown, the team’s MVP in 2011, practiced on a limited basis.  It’s unclear whether he’ll increase his workload or play on Sunday.  We’d previously heard that a more reasonable target for his return is Week 13, against the Ravens.

Missing practice were the team’s top two quarterbacks.  Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice due to a right shoulder injury (curiously, the team has yet to officially list the dislocated rib that he claims could puncture his aorta), and Byron Leftwich missed due to his rib injury.  Coach Mike Tomlin has described Roethlisberger as doubtful, as he has yet to be scratched for Sunday’s game at Cleveland.

Also not practicing were safety Troy Polamalu (calf), defensive end Ziggy Hood (back), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), and receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs).

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27 Responses to “Antonio Brown returns to practice for Steelers”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    The Steelers injury report could beat most teams in the NFL.

  2. tomthebombtracy says: Nov 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    Steelers had started the season with only 4 WRs but had 4 RBs…not counting Chris Rainey who was seen as a return/gadget guy.

    With the release of Baron Batch and the Steelers down to 3RBs, I can see Plax sticking as the 5th WR if everyone else gets/stays healthy. Just having Plax in the red zone could help.

    Ben was sans the sling today…next week at Baltimore looks more realistic. Steelers beat a rookie QB this week like they always do (Troy Smith was the lone exception with the stars like Ben sitting out the last game with a bye clinched) and another shaky Flacco road performance by the Ravens in SD and we could be looking at a battle for 1st place again next week.

    Hope Mrs Ben has the baby this week.

  3. greglloydrules says: Nov 21, 2012 4:37 PM

    First DeCastro and now Brown, then Ben. Steelers are gonna get healthy at the right time. Division champs or not, they will be a very tough out in the playoffs. Go ahead Ratbirds, take the division. Wild card teams winning Super Bowls is a popular tune. Steelers have done it before.

  4. hines86for6 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    or maybe a brown just really wants to play so our 3rd string 37 yr old QB has a full arsenal.

    you really think the 2011 Team MVP is looking over his shoulder at Plaxico Burress?

  5. mikebrownfaux says: Nov 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    The Browns should be favored in the game. Seriously, their defense is far underrated, going up against a third string QB, mediocre offensive line, and WR of the street, and another one that is busted up. This will be a game of defenses to say the least. You have to ask yourself, is the 1rst string Browns Offense better than the rag tag offense, Pittsburgh is putting out there.

  6. Stiller43 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:49 PM

    “Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice due to a right shoulder injury (curiously, the team has yet to officially list the dislocated rib that he claims could puncture his aorta)”

    First of all, yes, he did claim that. Just like his doctors have claimed that.

    Second of all, Tomlin said in either the trib or the PG that the shoulder/rib injury are the exact same injury. Im too lazy to quote and source it, however.

  7. rockthered1286 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:58 PM

    …and they’ll still lose at The Bank in 2 weeks and make it another consecutive conference AND home game W for the Ravens.

  8. ravenator says: Nov 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    Like itll make a difference. AFCN belongs to the ravens

  9. whowearspurple says: Nov 21, 2012 5:26 PM

    The Steelers mistakes cost them the game. The encouraging thing for Steelers fans is this, the Steelers clearly are the better defense. The job the corners did on boldin and smith was understated. Ray Rice was very quiet. The defense is beginning to look the Steeler defense.
    On offense they missed Brown. Brown makes big catches that the other Steelers targets just couldn’t make, add to that Burress and Heath in the red zone makes this team dangerous. This division race isn’t over, Baltimore clearly has danger games with the Manning brothers, if Roethlisberger plays next week the Steelers will win that game and the division.

  10. stainlessstill says: Nov 21, 2012 5:31 PM

    LOL, Ravens fans trying to talk themselves out of the SCARE of a potentially healthy Steelers team come January.

    It’s coming, ladies and gents. The Steelers will be a force once healthy, bank on it.

  11. blackngold4life says: Nov 21, 2012 5:52 PM

    Who cares about the AFCnorth? lol Ratbird fans got they priorities all screwed up. How many times. they win the division? 4-5? more? and how many times they make it to the Superbowl? ummmm 1 that’s how many! LOL ONCE!! We got more Superbowl losses (2) then they have appearances. Beat us when it counts stepkids!

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 21, 2012 6:01 PM

    We all know what January means to the ravens another loss or maybe a tee shirt. Enjoy your shirt, but the steelers aim for higher goals and have six. Little brothers always try so hard. Brown will be back which scares the tee shirt rat birds. Priceless

  13. rockthered1286 says: Nov 21, 2012 7:37 PM

    Steelers fans: please stop comparing your tenure in the NFL to the ravens who have only existed for 16 years now. If you want to take ALL of baltimores SBs into account it’s a completely different ball game. Additionally I’d like to point out the ravens have come into ketchup field and beat the steelers 3 times in a row now. One more… Why is it that no matter how many times we beat you, your only response is “that game doesn’t matter but next time does and we will win”?

  14. jimmer2372 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    Correction the Steelers lead the overall series with the Purple Browns 21-15.

  15. darkglobe1 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:06 PM

    who play in IndianapolisAny Baltimore SBs won prior to the Browns moving belong to the Colts, who play in Indy. Feel free to claim all those Brown’s Super Bowl wins…oh, wait..

  16. koenig61 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:08 PM

    I seriously doubt AB showed upset practice because Burress was signed. Perhaps the importance of winning as many games as possible has something to do with AB putting the team first.

  17. theageofquarrel says: Nov 21, 2012 8:32 PM

    rockthered1286 says: Nov 21, 2012 7:37 PM

    Steelers fans: please stop comparing your tenure in the NFL to the ravens who have only existed for 16 years now. If you want to take ALL of baltimores SBs into account it’s a completely different ball game. Additionally I’d like to point out the ravens have come into ketchup field and beat the steelers 3 times in a row now. One more… Why is it that no matter how many times we beat you, your only response is “that game doesn’t matter but next time does and we will win”?
    ____________________________________

    WOW!!! The whole 3 Super Bowls compared to the 8 the Steelers have appeared in.
    Yeah,Steeler Nation are shaking in their shoes at your whole 3 Super Bowl appearances.
    Come back when you appear in 8 and winning 6.
    Raven fans are THE most delusional for having won ONE Super Bowl 12 years ago.
    And the Steelers have never had to relocate.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 21, 2012 8:41 PM

    Rockthered1234: I guess you missed my tee shirt post. Steeler fans get annoyed at their little brother because they are always flaunting recent victories during the regular season, but fail to address their tee shirt championships and their usual January failures. Gatorade baths mean something in January not December . Your senseless dribble during a good season for you becomes annoying to those who set their goals on Lombardi’s. win a SB and then you can talk , but until you do your just background noise like the other raven trolls.

  19. somdsteeler says: Nov 21, 2012 8:41 PM

    Steelers fans: please stop comparing your tenure in the NFL to the ravens who have only existed for 16 years now. If you want to take ALL of baltimores SBs into account it’s a completely different ball game.

    Your kidding right? Do you mean the 2 NFL Championships the COLTS won in 1958 & 1959 and the single Super Bowl win in 1970. So counting the 2000 Ravens SB win that makes 4 championships total. Are you going to count the Colts wins? I thought everyone in Baltimore diowned the Colts when they moved with their colors and titles to Indy?

  20. stainlessstill says: Nov 21, 2012 9:03 PM

    Nobody compares to our franchise. I don’t care how arrogant that sounds. Come to Pittsburgh and you’ll feel the phenom!

  21. sixburghrules says: Nov 21, 2012 9:34 PM

    It is strategic! Batch knows the old sytem as we as Holmes does. In the huddles Batch can call Haleys play and then tell Holmes what it was in the old system

    Maybe he will be more productive than people think

  22. steelernator says: Nov 21, 2012 9:35 PM

    Somebody needs to go back to school to study-up on math, pro football history, OR BOTH. Hahahaaa!

    The only reason the over-hyped and over-rated Ravens beat the Steelers was due to injuries and a fluke punt return, and every Raven fan knows that. Every Raven fan knows the Steelers are the better team. When the games count in the playoffs, the Ravens will fold like they usually do. Right now, all they can hope for is Ben and Troy won’t be able to play against them in a couple weeks. Maybe they will have a chance to squeak by again in a non-playoff game.

    When will the Ravens skip out of town in the middle of the night again, like they did when they were the Browns?

  23. sixburghrules says: Nov 21, 2012 9:36 PM

    as well as Holmes. This was a smart move by the Steelers

  24. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    @rockthered1286 says:
    Steelers fans: please stop comparing your tenure in the NFL to the ravens who have only existed for 16 years.
    ————————————————
    That’s fair ,then only compare the last 16 years including post-season – and the Ravens still have inferior results. Now, all you have to cling to are the regular season wins. Surely if the Ravens are as mighty as you speak and that much superior to the Steelers, the Ravens would actually have consistent success in the las 16 post season results to speak of – but they don’t.
    Last Sunday the Ravens dodged a bullet and they know it. They won’t be so lucky next time, and they know it. Enjoy the short lived win.

  25. c1qaasim1 says: Nov 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Steelers have YET to have ONE single game with ALL of their starters.
    We lost that game to the Ravens without allowing a TD! Our mistake came on special teams; although our offense sputtered after Leftwich scored the initial touchdown and injured his fat self by falling down in the endzone lol.

    We win when we need to.

  26. c1qaasim1 says: Nov 23, 2012 12:17 PM

    With regard to the Terrible Towel incident and Ray Rice:

    I like Rice. I am a die hard Steelers fan and have been for over 35yrs…

    I admire and accept his apology and encourage the class he has displayed in apologizing and his appreciation of this great rivalry. I hate the Raisins! But, I love the rivalry. I cannot be angry at the understanding involved in how and why he acquired the Terrible Towel.

    If they had a Purple Towel…who KNOWS what we would do to theirs lol.

  27. pappyjoe69 says: Nov 23, 2012 9:26 PM

    Ravens remaining schedule:
    At Chargers
    Home Steelers
    At Washington
    Home Broncos
    Home Giants
    At Bengals
    Raven fans better watch their pie holes, they will be fortunate to go three and three. Everyone knows how hard it is to travel to the West Coast and win let alone against a Charger team fighting for their jobs, Steelers could have Ben back, RGII torched Jerry’s boys, next up and all I need to say is Peyton, then his little brother and then the final against the all of a sudden not too bungling Bungles. Fortunate to go three and three without a defense against those teams! So much for “owning” the AFCN! HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!

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