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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Antonio Brown sent home from practice with illness, still expected to play

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers fans are hoping Antonio Brown’s injured calf muscle feels good enough for the wide receiver to play against the Jacksonsville Jaguars this weekend, but a new concern has arisen just days before the divisional round playoff game.

On Friday, Mike Tomlin revealed that Brown was sent home from practice with an illness. The Steelers coach still believes Brown will be able to play.

Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster said he believes Brown is dealing with a flu bug.

Brown practiced in full on Thursday, and all signs have indicated he will be 100 percent healthy for Sunday’s game. However, it’s never ideal for a player to come down with some sort of illness 48 hours before game time — let alone a star player who is trying to recover from a significant injury.

The Steelers will likely do all they can to accelerate the healing process for Brown with IV treatments, and the Pro Bowler should be plenty motivated with the comments one Jags player made this week. Against a defense as elite as Jacksonville’s, the Steelers are going to need all of their key players at full strength.

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