The Pittsburgh Steelers got a boost on Monday as the team returned to work in preparation for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Heinz Field. That boost was provided when Antonio Brown returned to the field for the first time, in a team capacity, for the first time since injuring his calf in the Week 15 game vs. the Patriots.
Brown ran most drills with the team, and took the time to answer some questions from the media after practice.
Antonio Brown said he went through most drills today in his first practice back with Steelers— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 8, 2018
Antonio Brown practiced Monday and addressed the media from his locker. Won’t declare he’s playing Sunday vs. Jacksonville but likes his chances, plans to progress as the week goes.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 8, 2018
Antonio Brown returned to Steelers practice today and said he feels good pic.twitter.com/nCPrnbTTej— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 8, 2018
Brown was happy with his first practice back, but wouldn’t commit to announcing if he will play, or not, this Sunday — and why should he? The Jaguars are likely to assume he will be in the lineup, and Mike Tomlin could keep the cards close to his chest in this scenario.
Either way, the Steelers would benefit greatly from Brown’s return, but the elephant in the room is just how effective Brown will be if/when he does return?
As Brown told the media Monday, he is just going to be himself.
The Steelers players don’t practice Tuesday, but get back on he practice field Wednesday to continue their preparation for the Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.