Their absence immediately changed the face of the entire offense. Running the ball has become a bit more of a chore in the time they've been out, but scoring - or the lack thereof - is the most prominent feature of the injury-depleted offense.
Whether he does play, or the extent to which Brown can be effective, remains to be seen, but the fact he's that close to returning has to be viewed as a positive thing for Steeler Nation, considering the barrage of injuries the team has faced to this point in the season.
Safety Troy Polamalu practiced on a limited basis Friday, but is still listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.
RB Isaac Redman (concussion) passed all tests, and is listed as probable. Defensive end Ziggy Hood, who missed time earlier this week with a back injury, practiced fully and is expected to play Sunday.
Left guard Willie Colon (knee) missed Wednesday and Thursday, but practiced on a limited basis Friday and looks to play Sunday.