The bye-week is a hell of a thing, isn’t it?
After the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last meaningful game in Week 16 against the Houston Texans, Mike Tomlin decided to shut it down. He didn’t care whether the team could still claim the top seed if the Patriots tripped up. He wanted his team healthy — and they are.
As Mike Tomlin spoke to the media at his usual Tuesday press conference, the only major injury of note was a progress report on wide receiver Antonio Brown. The Steelers had an extra day of practice on Monday, in which Brown participated. Tomlin labeled him as a full participant in the workout.
Great news, but there’s a caveat here, as Brown returns from the calf injury suffered vs. the Patriots in Week 15. Brown’s progress and availability will only be determined by the condition of his lower leg. For instance, if Brown returns to the field, and the next day suffers a setback, the team could be without their top wide receiver for their most important game to date.
Wednesday, the first reported practice prior to the Divisional Round playoff game, will be a good indication of how the team views Brown’s participation vs. the stout Jaguars’ defense coming to Heinz Field.
The only other player named by Tomlin was backup center/guard B.J. Finney. Tomlin stated Finney has a chance to participate in practice this week. As always, his participation will dictate his availability in the game on Sunday.
That’s it. Other than Brown and Finney, the Steelers have a clean bill of health, but that can all change with one tweak of a muscle. So, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the injury front for both the Steelers and Jaguars.