Steelers WR expected to play Sunday despite illness

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles scrambles out of the pocket during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh Sunday Jan. 14 2018

Steelers WR expected to play Sunday despite illness

The only player it seems Ramsey does respect on the Steelers is wide receiver Antonio Brown. His immune system? Not so much.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers aren't anxious about Antonio Brown's calf injury preventing him from playing in Sunday's playoff game. Brown was sent home from Friday's practice with an undisclosed illness, and he's still recovering from a torn calf that has kept him out since Week 15.

This report from Kinkhabwala comes on the heels of the Friday night report by Pro Football Talk which stated that Brown is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday because his calf injury is still causing him issues.

The team listed linebacker Blair Brown (ankle) and punt return/wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) as questionable heading into the divisional round of the playoffs.

If and when Brown gets over his illness, Pittsburgh will enter this postseason far healthier than in years past. However, he was a full participant in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

"I didn't want him to get any of the guys who weren't sick, sick", Tomlin said, via the Associated Press.

Coach Doug Marrone praised Brown earlier in the day, saying he played well in a wild-card victory against Buffalo last week.

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