Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown totaled 132 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions in Sunday's 45-42 AFC divisional round loss to Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Targeted 11 times, Brown showed no signs of the calf injury he suffered in Week 15, scoring Pittsburgh's first touchdown of the game. He added his second score on an incredible fourth-down catch as he fell backwards in the end zone, and there is no reason to think that Brown won't continue to be among the league's elite wide receivers next season.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf/illness) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

He'll give it a go, as expected, but Schefter also reports that Brown's calf -- which he injured on Dec. 17 -- is "not close to 100 percent" at this stage. Moreover, cold weather at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Sunday is another variable that could impact Brown, who is bouncing back from a partially torn left calf muscle. The wideout's mere presence on the field will give the Jaguars coaching staff something to think about, but it remains to be seen how effective the NFL's regular-season leader in receiving yardage (1,533 in 14 games) will be in his return to action after missing the Steelers' last two games. If Brown ends up limited at all Sunday, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant would be in line for added looks, though Jacksonville's tough pass defense could lead to a heavy dose of running back Le'Veon Bell, in any case.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf/illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Jaguars, is expected to "give it a go" and play, though his partially torn left calf muscle is "not close to 100 percent," a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Nearly one month removed from the injury he suffered Dec. 17 in a Week 15 loss to the Patriots, Brown was able to put in two full practices this week before sitting out Friday's session with an illness. The ailment isn't expected to present any issues Sunday, but the Steelers are still harboring some concerns about Brown's calf holding up in the cold weather at Heinz Field. The team will evaluate Brown during warmups, but unless the calf presents serious problems as he takes part in pregame drills, it's expected that the wideout will suit up and take on a normal workload. Despite missing Pittsburgh's final two regular-season tilts, Brown finished the 2017 campaign as the NFL's leading receiver with 1,533 yards.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf/illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars after missing Friday's practice because he was under the weather.

EDGE Analysis

Just when it appeared that Brown was past the partially torn left calf muscle that he suffered on Dec. 17, after practicing fully both Wednesday and Thursday, an illness prevented the wideout from working Friday, with coach Mike Tomlin sending Brown home for the day, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. Despite Brown's absence from the Steelers' last practice of the week, Tomlin expects his star pass-catcher to play this weekend, an outcome that will be confirmed, either way, upon the release of the team's inactives in advance of Sunday's 1:05 ET kickoff.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown missed Friday's practice due to an illness, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

On the plus side, the wideout, who is bouncing back from a calf injury, had looked good at practice earlier in the week. While sitting out Friday's session with a case of the flu is not optimal, we still expect Brown to be a go in Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars. We'll circle back on his status later Friday to see how the Steelers list him on their final injury report of the week.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf) practiced fully Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Brown, who hurt his calf back on Dec. 15, is thus on track to return to action for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars. Assuming no setbacks in the next couple of days, look for the Steelers' top wideout to approach this weekend's contest minus an injury designation.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin classified Brown (calf) as a "full" participant in Monday's practice, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Because the Steelers won't open their postseason until Sunday against the Jaguars, the team won't issue their first official practice report until Wednesday. In any event, Brown's activity level Monday suggests that he'll be a full participant come Wednesday, which would likely allow him to avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend. That speaks to the dramatic improvement Brown has shown in his recovery after the left calf issue prevented him from playing in the Steelers' final two regular-season contests. Expect the six-time Pro Bowler to take on his usual high-volume role in the passing attack during the divisional round.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf) returned to practice Monday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Brown would have been able to play in the wild-card round, if the Steelers weren't one of the top two seeds in the AFC playoffs. As such, Brown's presence at Monday's session wasn't a surprise in the least and could forecast ridding himself of a designation before the end of the week. Adding credence to such a thought process was a comment from Brown himself Monday. "I'm going to be who I am [Sunday against the Jaguars]," he told Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
1 month ago

Brown (calf) is on track to be at full strength for next weekend's divisional-round playoff contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown, who has not played since Week 15, benefited from the Steelers' first-round playoff bye and is now on track to return to the team's lineup for next Sunday's home playoff contest against an opponent to be determined. Added context regarding the star wideout's status will arrive next week, when the Steelers submit their divisional-round practice/injury reports.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
2 months ago

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Brown (lower leg) is progressing well in his rehabilitation, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown hasn't seen the field since Week 15, when he sustained a significant contusion to his lower leg. If the Steelers hadn't locked up a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, Tomlin stated Brown would likely have been listed as questionable for a game during wild-card weekend. However, the Steelers don't suit up again until the divisional playoffs, kicking off Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1:05 p.m. ET. With nearly two more weeks to focus on his recovery, Brown appears to be in a good spot to return at the same time.