Antonio Brown participates in walkthrough, but remains on injury report

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Good news, Steelers fans. Receiver Antonio Brown returned to practice on Saturday after going home on Friday with an illness.

That’s the word from Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media, who reports that Brown participated in the walk-through. A couple of unnamed teammates told Kinkhabwala that Brown “looked fully healthy.”

But it’s one thing to be fully healthy during a less-than-intense practice as it relates to the illness that prompted him to be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. It’s quite another to be fully healthy during a less-than-intense practice as it relates to a partially torn calf muscle suffered 27 days ago. Brown remains on the injury report as questionable with both an illness and the calf, a source told PFT on Friday night that Brown remains a game-time decision due to lingering problems with the injured calf.

Last year, the Steelers hid running back Le'Veon Bell‘s groin injury throughout the postseason, and they ultimately suffered no consequence for it when Bell exited the AFC title game prematurely. This year, the Steelers have at least disclosed the injury (how could they hide it?). That said, “questionable” is a broad category, and plenty of players listed as “questionable” end up not playing. Brown, if he’s “fully healthy,” shouldn’t be questionable; he should be removed from the injury report.

That hasn’t happened. And it likely won’t.

With Brown being such a key component of the Pittsburgh offense — he caught 10 passes for 157 yards when the Steelers faced the Jaguars in October — it makes sense for the Steelers to keep their cards as close to the vest as long as possible.

15 responses to “Antonio Brown participates in walkthrough, but remains on injury report

  1. “he caught 10 passes for 157 yards when the Steelers faced the Jaguars in October ”

    In a game they badly lost Brown got his stats but his team got the L. I’m sure the Jags would be thrilled to see the same results this game.

  2. Tomlin is between a rock and a hard place.
    If he Plays AB he risks more injury, if he saves him because he thinks they might win but loses he Will look stupid.
    Must gamble if the player is willing to take the risk. AB Must think about HIS future.

  3. Hopefully the NFL will keep the footballs above the 12.50 PSI requirement during tonight’s cold weather game.

    Everyone saw enough evidence to demonstrate that Tom Brady does much better with properly inflated footballs. This was proven during that January 18, 2015 game against the Colts where the NFL switched the footballs out at halftime after the weather lowered the PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    During that game Brady only managed to score 17 points by halftime. After the officials fixed the football problem Brady went on to score 28 points in the 2nd half of the game. The Patriots won that game with a final score of 45 to 7.

    Then when the NFL started making sure that footballs didn’t drop PSI during games…Brady and the Patriots went on a tear and won 2 of the next 3 Superbowls. The Patriots are now in the Playoffs and are fighting for a chance to win 3 out of 4 Superbowls since the NFL discovered that weather problem.

    The NFL then decided to take 2 draft picks away from the Patriots because they saw that the other teams needed some help because 31 teams no longer had a chance. Brady was too good when using regulation footballs. The NFL even hid the PSI data that was collected during the 2015 season so that football fans would not have that information. The other teams would look silly if fans understood that the other 31 teams needed an advantage.

  4. Get rid of the injury report. It is complete nonsense. The only thing that matters is whether they are active or placed on IR. While they are at it, dress the entire 53 and get rid of the only 46 requirement.

  5. Get rid of the injury report. It is complete nonsense. The only thing that matters is whether they are active or placed on IR. While they are at it, dress the entire 53 and get rid of the only 46 requirement.

  6. The NFL then decided to take 2 draft picks away from the Patriots because they saw that the other teams needed some help because 31 teams no longer had a chance. Brady was too good when using regulation footballs. The NFL even hid the PSI data that was collected during the 2015 season so that football fans would not have that information. The other teams would look silly if fans understood that the other 31 teams needed an advantage.

    I think I can safely say most people on here are extremely tired of the mealy mouth whining Pat’s fans crying about Deflategate. Skippy this thread is about the Steelers WR AB and having nothing to do about your penalized cheating team so squeeze the breeze
    Louise……

  7. +++++++
    factpurveyor says:
    January 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    Hopefully the NFL will keep the footballs above the 12.50 PSI requirement during tonight’s cold weather game.

    Everyone saw enough evidence to demonstrate that Tom Brady does much better with properly inflated footballs. This was proven during that January 18, 2015 game against the Colts where the NFL switched the footballs out at halftime after the weather lowered the PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    During that game Brady only managed to score 17 points by halftime. After the officials fixed the football problem Brady went on to score 28 points in the 2nd half of the game. The Patriots won that game with a final score of 45 to 7.

    Then when the NFL started making sure that footballs didn’t drop PSI during games…Brady and the Patriots went on a tear and won 2 of the next 3 Superbowls. The Patriots are now in the Playoffs and are fighting for a chance to win 3 out of 4 Superbowls since the NFL discovered that weather problem.

    The NFL then decided to take 2 draft picks away from the Patriots because they saw that the other teams needed some help because 31 teams no longer had a chance. Brady was too good when using regulation footballs. The NFL even hid the PSI data that was collected during the 2015 season so that football fans would not have that information. The other teams would look silly if fans understood that the other 31 teams needed an advantage.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Those are excellent facts, and they tell the REAL story of Deflategate – that balls being inflated by less than 0.5 psi differently just didn’t matter.

    The presumed reason for all the down votes is that this is a thread about Antonio Brown’s health. Perhaps pumping his calf up by 0.5 psi with an air needle might make it relevant.

    Bad calf muscle tears can take a long time/many weeks to heal, but was his a “bad” one? We’ll probably find out tomorrow.

  8. If you know anything about Antonio Brown, if he can walk
    then you know he’ll be playing. He’s not looking for excuses,
    he is chasing greatness.

    Why would it be a tough decision for Tomlin?
    If your best offensive weapon is cleared to play,
    you dress him. Some of the best on field performances
    have been by players who were ill, or a bit banged up.
    Don’t underestimate Antonio’s will, he’ll be boomin’.

  9. If Brown cannot play at 100%, Bryant had BETTER step up his game or he will be gone. I’m not sold on Smith-Schuster either. Both Bryant and Smith-Schuster seem to be knuckleheads.

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