Antonio Brown Will Play vs. Jaguars Despite Calf Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) is introduced before the start of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be on the field for Sunday's postseason clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Brown was active after he previously noted the receiver had "no limitations in practice" and "looks like himself":

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLGameDay: #Steelers WR Antonio Brown had no restrictions at practice... #Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny is playing through a painful core muscle injury that may need surgery. https://t.co/xHh9AouZIP

Brown hasn't played since he suffered a calf injury during a Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots.

Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reported he missed practice Friday because of an illness.

Still, head coach Mike Tomlin didn't seem particularly concerned, saying, "I think we've all seen Antonio play enough that we know what he's capable of."

"It's the playoffs—you've got to do whatever it takes," Brown said, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

Brown can do whatever it takes better than almost any player in the league. He was an MVP candidate throughout the 2017 campaign and led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards despite playing just 14 games. He also made 101 catches and nine touchdown receptions on his way to his sixth career Pro Bowl selection.

His presence will be key as the Pittsburgh aerial attack looks to beat a Jaguars defense that intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times during Jacksonville's 30-9 win in Week 5. While Brown played well with 10 catches for 157 yards, he will have his hands full against cornerback Jalen Ramsey on Sunday.

If they win, Brown and the Steelers will then be tasked with a matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC title game.


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