Source: Antonio Brown expected to be game-time decision

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to be a game-time decision, a source told PFT, as Brown’s calf injury remains an issue.

The Steelers listed Brown as questionable in their Friday status report, though coach Mike Tomlin said he didn’t “have a lot of reservations about [Brown] from a physical health standpoint.”

Brown injured his calf on the 21st offensive snap against the Patriots on December 17. He missed the past two games.

He was a full participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday before not practicing Friday after being sent home with an illness.

The Steelers need Brown against the Jaguars’ stout defense. He caught 10 passes for 157 yards against them in Week Five, although Jacksonville won 30-9.

49 responses to “Source: Antonio Brown expected to be game-time decision

  1. I thought his calf wasn’t an issue and he looked great in practice and was sent home b/c of an illness. Are you saying that the Steelers are playing fast and loose with the injury report? Get Goodell and Ted Wells on the phone. LOL! Who am I kidding, The Steelers are one of the “untouchable” franchises.

  2. Shame that another star Steelers player isn’t healthy for important playoff games. Is there little wonder why the Pat’s have owned the AFC over a decade. The NFL of yesteryear where there was stiff competition every year in the playoffs is GONE.

  3. The Steelers are just blowing smoke, Brown will be out. Knew that weeks ago. Juju Schuster may not be as good as Brown but the kid is a baller and will up make enough of the difference for the Steelers to pull this out.

  4. skawh says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Shame that another star Steelers player isn’t healthy for important playoff games. Is there little wonder why the Pat’s have owned the AFC over a decade. The NFL of yesteryear where there was stiff competition every year in the playoffs is GONE.

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    The difference is the Pats overcome the loss of key players every year and win anyways. Other teams don’t. Last year it was Gronk. This year Edeman and Hightower. They win despite these things.

  5. It may end up as the same result as last year. Bell injured last year, this year Brown, the Steelers just can’t get a break.
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    Injuries are part of the game. Pats had to go through last post season without Gronk and this season without Edleman. The Vikings are on there 3rd string QB, the Eagles on the 2nd string QB.

    Steelers are no worse off and have been no worse off than any other team.

  6. For those crying about injuries. Just look at the Pats. Last year without Gronkowski they won the Super Bowl. This year without Hogan, mitchell, edelman, hightower, Mclellin, jones, valentine, rivers, ebner, and bennett they’re in a position to repeat. no whining allowed if brown is a no go.

  7. Doesn’t really matter if Antonio Brown is healthy or not … He wasnt gonna do much against the Best Secondary in the League … Ramsey and Bouye are too good. Last time they played he got most of his yards on one catch where he pushed off clear offensive pass interference and he also got some catches in garbage time as they were getting blown out. Even healthy i had predicted he would get maybe 5 catches for 60 yards.

  8. Anyone whos had a calf tear knows it doesnt heal in 3 or 4 weeks, even a strain is not fully healed in 4 weeks. My guess he could run some at half speed forward an once he tried to cut he realized he wasnt close to being able to do what he needs to do

  9. “Steelers just can’t get a break”.

    No, not really. They got some amazing injury breaks in their two super bowl seasons this century.

    2005: Playoff run was sparked by Carson Palmer’s injury.

    2008: Tom Brady goes on IR in week 1.

  10. asimeo says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    HaHaHaHa!!! Did I just read an Allen Robinson comparison to AB. Good one!

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    Not a fan of either team, but comparing each team losing their number one receiver seems fair. It wasn’t a comparison of talent, it was a comparison of position. Some of you people are so ridiculous.

  11. I saw a video of him last week that Brown said was him working out last week. It that is true he will have no problems playing Sunday. If not true it’s not the 1st time I have been lied to.

  12. Those expecting Brown to be ‘ready’ to play after sustaining a calf muscle tear… were whistling past the graveyard.

    I suspect practice yielded a re-injury.

    By the way, some folks listing NE losses have left off Hightower, and Branch, and Cannon. among others.
    I’d love to have them dudes suiting up and ready.

  13. Jags will go into Heinz Field and shock those Steelers once again … Big Ben will face the wrath of taking on the Best D in the League once again … Jaguars 24 Steelers 17

  14. Wouldn’t matter if 25yr old Jerry Rice was playing for them, they’re gonna get smacked. Tomlin is letting the inmates run the prison and it shows.

  15. nationalmediacansuckit says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Jaguars been without Allen Robinson since week one.Thats life. Excuse me for not shedding any tears for Brown.
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    That may be the worst comparison in pro sports.

  16. skawh says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Shame that another star Steelers player isn’t healthy for important playoff games. Is there little wonder why the Pat’s have owned the AFC over a decade. The NFL of yesteryear where there was stiff competition every year in the playoffs is GONE.
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    You realize the Patriots won the SB last year without Gronk, their most important and irreplaceable player. Now they are missing prob their biggest player on D in Hightower and one of the most important on offense in Edelman, and still will probably win it all.

  17. It’s going to be 14 degrees and windy at kick off. Definitely not good for someone coming off a torn calf muscle. May or may not be snowing. Not good
    for Antonio but very bad for the warm weather Jaguars. Plus Bortles will be totally inept dealing with the cold and wind.

  18. Game time decision? But didn’t I see him briskly walking in his driveway not too long ago?? All kidding aside, I hope he feels ok and can play like he is capable of playing.

  19. The Steelers should be able to easily handle Jax without AB. They have enough talent on offense to put up enough points to win this game going away. Of course, you still have to play the game and anything can happen, and nothing anyone says here will alter the outcome of the game. The Steelers are the better team on paper and should win.

  20. JR FLY says:
    Last time they played he got most of his yards on one catch where he pushed off clear offensive pass interference
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    he pushed-off cause the DB had his hands on him which he isn’t allowed to do

  21. As Bill Belichick says ” next man up”. Every team deals with injuries to key players. The best teams have depth and coaching strategies to adjust to injuries. We’ll see how the Steelers handle it if Brown is out for playoffs. JuJu Schuster is pretty damn good though.

  22. Love the “league source” attributions. They’re supposed to make you think that they’re from Kevin Colbert…when really they’re from the guy that deflates the balls for the Patriots…

  23. Let’s hope Brownie can go, but if he can’t there’s still enough firepower for what’s probably going to be a lower-scoring game anyway. Oh and hey, just wanted to point out this little piece I just read in the Boston Globe titled “Except for Chiefs, coast is pretty clear for Patriots in AFC playoffs.” Remember when Pats fans busted on the Steelers for making those New Orleans reservations back in ’01? Well seems now the Boston media’s doing the same thing in 2018. With the Chiefs gone, why nobody’s a threat to take out the Patriots any longer. Titans, Steelers or Jags wouldn’t have a prayer. So might as well make those hotel reservations now, and get the best price. Because it’s a lock the Patriots will be there for the Big Show.

    Oh and if you know anybody connected to the Steelers, feel free to pass this article title on.

  24. rgorr44 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 9:27 am

    As Bill Belichick says ” next man up”. Every team deals with injuries to key players. The best teams have depth and coaching strategies to adjust to injuries. We’ll see how the Steelers handle it if Brown is out for playoffs. JuJu Schuster is pretty damn good though.
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    Yeah, like you’d still be saying that if Brady or Gronk went down. That “next man up” thing only goes so far, depending on the guy who goes out. Fact is, there is no “man” to replace a player like Brown, which we saw during the game against the Patriots which changed everything. If Brown plays the whole game, chances are Steelers win. But you’re right, that’s how it goes. They’ll just have to deal with it.

  25. Fact is, there is no “man” to replace a player like Brown, which we saw during the game against the Patriots which changed everything.

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    True, no telling how many TD’s he would have dropped if he remained in the game.

  26. idislikespeciousness says:
    January 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    True, no telling how many TD’s he would have dropped if he remained in the game.
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    Yeah like having the best receiver in the world go out hurt would have no impact at all on the outcome. Brilliant. And there’s also no telling how many times the Pats would’ve had to roll the coverage his way, freeing up other receivers. Or how many big plays he would’ve made with the game on the line, maybe enough where Brady doesn’t even get the ball in his hands one more time. You really should think before you spew.

  27. Yeah, like you’d still be saying that if Brady or Gronk went down.

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    Gronk did go down and last year the Patriots won any way. This year NE (and just about every team left) have a lot of key players out. If they can persevere and win any way…great. If not, then nobody wants to hear about injuries.

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