Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is reportedly not expected to be cleared to play in the wild-card round of the playoffs if his team doesn't secure a first-round bye, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
However, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport later reported Brown is expected to be 100 percent for the playoffs, whether the Steelers have a first-round bye or not.
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
From @NFLGameDay: #Steelers WR Antonio Brown's calf injury is not a major one. The team is confident he'll be 💯% whenever he takes the field next. https://t.co/m7xejdDTqA2017-12-24 15:17:28
He's continuing to recover from a partially torn calf muscle.
Brown, the NFL's leader in receptions and yards through the first 14 weeks of the season, went down in the first quarter of a Week 15 game against the New England Patriots with the calf injury.
"Even in adversity I can't help but feel blessed," Brown tweeted at the time. "Thanks to everyone who reached out. This is a minor setback for me but not this team. The goal is still the same & I'm confident that we can & will achieve it."
The Steelers are currently in the driver's seat for a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, but they'll need some help to secure it in Week 16.