Antonio Brown Still Hoping To Play Sunday After Pushing Ankle Hard On Friday

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is pushing hard to get on the field Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but the ultimate decision on whether or not he plays will be made by head coach Mike Tomlin following pre game warm-ups.

Brown, who suffered a left high ankle sprain against the New York Giants a few weeks ago, was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report after practicing on a limited basis all week.\’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Brown said that he felt “really good” after pushing the ankle hard on Friday and that the third year receiver reportedly was happy with the way he got out of his cuts without any issues.

Fellow wide receiver Mike Wallace told Kinkhabwala that he thought his teammate looked “just about normal” on Friday and that he thinks Brown is capable of playing some snaps on Sunday, if not the whole game.

While this certainly is good news, Tomlin might very well decide to err on the side of caution with Brown when the smoke clears prior to the game. This seems to be the general consensus of the local media as well.

With Jerricho Cotchery currently sidelined with fractured ribs, and the newly signed Plaxico Burress still not fully up to speed, the Steelers still have David Gilreath on the roster to help pick up some of the slack.

Keep in mind that this is a marathon and not a race. Making sure that Brown is healthy down the stretch is key here. While the Steelers certainly could use Brown on Sunday against the Browns, the risk of putting him on the field a week too soon might not be worth it.

  • Don’t overlook the Browns! If he is healthy play him, that simple

  • Tim Culligan

    agreed. its easy to say save him for the ravens, but being the playmaker he is, we really could use him vs the Browns to help get a win. This game easily could come down to the 4th quarter.

  • SteelSpine

    I agree with you & Brady. My reason is every game here on is a must win, (“thanks”-to the loss to Ravens). I dont think we can sit back thinking this is a team that can make up for more losses. If ABrown healthy, need him as a decoy to avoid defenses focusing on our running game & Charlie. Then if we get a big lead in the game, then yank the healthy ABrown. If our “special” teams gives up a coupla TDs to Cribbs ($#%ng Mundy & crew), we will then need a TD ABrown can give us on offense.

  • SteelerDave

    I disagree. Yes, Cleveland is much tougher than their record suggests but getting a 100% healthy Brown back is worth keeping him out one more game. We still have enough talent and are a superior to Cleveland without AB. Can we defeat Baltimore, Cincinnati, Giants, etc. ahead without AB? Much, much less likely to happen. He is our MVP and along with Ben, our best player. We must err on the side of caution and win this one for AB.

  • If we can’t block the Browns front seven then it is not going to matter anyway. We need a HUGE game from the O-Line and Dwyer/Red/Mendy.