Antonio Brown may have been playing at less than 100 percent health against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but you never would have known it with some of the incredible plays he made.
With the Steelers trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth down, Brown proved why he is the best wide receiver in the game with an amazing touchdown catch.
ANTONIO BROWN….HOW? pic.twitter.com/jHNhK8EPjG
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 14, 2018
Here’s a closer look that shows the remarkable hand-eye coordination the catch required:
AB ain't even human pic.twitter.com/lS4Oym9Nqw
— Benstonium (@Benstonium) January 14, 2018
Brown’s injured calf muscle looked just fine on that play.
There appears to be serious concerns about Antonio Brown’s status entering Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Brown will test his calf before the game to see whether he can play. And although he may be active, one source told Schefter Brown is not close to 100 percent.
Steelers’ WR Antion Brown will test his calf injury pregame Sunday to determine whether he can play. “He is not close to 100%,” said one source. “My guess is he will be active and give it a go.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2018
This report runs contrary to the info the Steelers seem to be putting out. Brown participated in the team’s Saturday walkthrough and reportedly appeared healthy. That information comes days after reports said the Steelers expected Brown to be back in full form against the Jags.
Brown has not played since the team’s Week 15 loss to the Patriots. He missed the next two regular season games and then got a week off thanks to Pittsburgh’s first-round playoff bye. He is recovering from a partially torn calf muscle.
Antonio Brown still sounds poised to play on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it doesn’t sound like his calf is out of the woods.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported Saturday that the Steelers still expect Brown to play, but with cold weather anticipated in Pittsburgh for Sunday’s game, there is some worry about how that will impact the calf injury.
Brown was a full participant in Saturday’s walkthrough, and the team has been clear in stating all week that he is expected to play.
Reports have indicated that Brown is actually a game-time decision, and there are lingering concerns over his calf. It sure sounds like he’s healthy enough to go, but once he does play, things could still go wrong for the star receiver.
Questions linger about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s status for Sunday, but reports continue to indicate that, outwardly, all appears to be well.
Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reported Saturday that, after missing Friday’s practice, Brown made Saturday’s walkthrough and looked fully healthy, according to teammates.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 13, 2018
That has been the official line pretty much all week since Brown returned to practice. While there are still some reports that indicate Brown’s calf is more of a concern than believed, every other indication sounds like Brown is good to go for Sunday’s game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been publicly bullish on wide receiver Antonio Brown’s status for Sunday, but there are reportedly some real concerns about whether he will go.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Brown will be a game-time decision on Sunday, with his calf still a lingering concern.
Per source, Steelers WR Antonio Brown is currently expected to be a game-time decision. Calf injury is still an issue.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 13, 2018
This goes against the public statements from the Steelers, who have been clear about their expectation that Brown will play. He didn’t practice Friday, citing illness, but there appear to be concerns that aren’t being stated in public. All eyes will be on Brown ahead of Sunday’s game — and, if he plays, how much of a threat he poses.
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 coach Mike Tomlin said WR Antonio Brown missed practice Friday with an illness. Still feels good about his chances to play if he can get over the illness.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 12, 2018
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.
A strange and unusual wild-card weekend gives way to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, with the league’s best teams entering the fray after their bye weeks. The pressure is really on now, and there are lots of factors that will go into who advances to the final four of these playoffs.
Here’s a look at 10 important factors to watch during the weekend’s games.
1. How will the Eagles utilize their Nick Foles-led offense?
It would be fair to say that the Eagles haven’t exactly looked encouraging with Nick Foles under center. He struggled heavily against the Oakland Raiders and looked no better in the season finale against Dallas. The Atlanta Falcons have a strong defense, so Foles will have his hands full any way you look at it. Ultimately, that Carson Wentz injury could end up being the difference between playoff success and failure for Philadelphia.
2. Which defense will reign supreme in Philadelphia?
The Eagles and Falcons boast two of the NFL’s best defenses, and whichever one performs the best may well win the game for their team. Atlanta shut down the Los Angeles Rams during the wild-card round. Their elite run defense could really hamstring a Foles-led Philadelphia offense. The Eagles are no slouches in this department either. If anything, their defense was underrated because many were focusing on Wentz’s excellence during the regular season. The defensive side of the ball is probably where this game will be decided.