2017 South Side Questions: Could Antonio Brown Really Miss The Jaguars Game?

The journey toward the Super Bowl is now well under way with the Pittsburgh Steelers back practicing at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, still informally referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility. With the regular season standing in their way on the path to a Lombardi, there will be questions for them to answer along the way.

We have asked and answered a lot of questions during the preseason and through training camp, but much of the answer-seeking ends in the regular season, and teams simply have to make do with what they have available to them. Still, there will always be questions for us.

You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments for as long as they push on through the postseason, looking for the answers as we evaluate the makeup of the Steelers on their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.

Question: Could Antonio Brown really sit out the Divisional Round, and if so, how much of a blow will that be to the Steelers’ chances of winning?

The Steelers officially listed Antonio Brown as questionable to play tomorrow at the end of this week of practice. While it’s important to keep in mind that the ‘Probable’ designation no longer exists, it is also important to note that the Steelers’ players they have listed as ‘Questionable’ this season have quite frequently ended up not playing.

There have been varying reports about the nature of Brown’s situation. Late reports coming out yesterday indicate that he is legitimately going to be a game-time decision. He is said to have missed practice yesterday with an illness, but there was also mention from some venues that the calf remains an issue after nearly a month.

But I have a rather hard time imagining that Brown would not play if he is even close to being able to play. Especially since this is the postseason. He was a game-time decision when he had a toe injury and he played in that game. I’m certain he has played through quite a few injuries.

A calf injury, however, is something a bit different, and attempting to play through it could trigger a further injury, which would jeopardize the rest of the playoffs for him. So if the calf is really still a not insignificant concern, then perhaps he really could sit.

So do the Steelers have the arsenal necessary to defeat the Jaguars without Brown? Well, he went off in the last game and that still didn’t help. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant are playing better and are more involved than they were in the first meeting.

And there is always Le’Veon Bell, of course. I realize that the Jaguars’ rush defense has had some recent success, but Bell is already pretty experienced in having success against good run defenses. And he is certainly well-rested.

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  • pittsburghjoe

    Tomlin said his physical injury is not of great concern to him the other day, didn’t he? If this is correct, he plays. Tomlin seems to be pretty straight forward about injuries.

  • Darth Blount 47

    No sugar-coating…. this would be catastrophic. Not insurmountable by any means, but catastrophic.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Guys who are used to Florida weather, are NOT gonna want to get hit, play after play, while subsequently shivering on the benches. Mentally, it will take a toll. And then execution of critical plays, will become much harder, since the margin of error for them will be much smaller. If we shut down Fournette, they are gonna have to be forced to take shots to keep up. A drop here or a bad throw there, and suddenly even if they have the will and have adjusted to the weather, they will find keeping up a real struggle.

  • ThatGuy

    I think there’s a 0.1% chance of him sitting

  • Steeldog22

    Yeah and that’s if he gets hit by a bus before the game. I’m sure the entire staff of UPMC will make sure this illness is taken care of.

  • StillersInThe6

    I disagree. We would still be the rather heavy favourite to win, and he gets more rest so he’s that much sharper and more AB-like for the Pats game. What would be catastrophic is if he reinjures it in a game we would have likely won without him. I’m not saying it’s a gimme, but I would certainly roll that dice and make sure he gets to 100% because an 80% AB may not be enough against the Pats anyway.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You mean for the Titans game.

    😉

  • Conserv_58

    He’s got flu symptoms. The team doctors will be monitoring and treating him.

  • pittfan

    JUJU is capable of putting up ABish #’s and MB is as well. This is just a different team than the one that played the jags earlier this year. It will be a setback for sure but we still have the ability to blow them out.

  • Conserv_58

    Marone wants the football viewing world to think that they are not concerned about the cold weather. Fornette said he’s not looking forward to playing in the cold. Marone is a terrible liar.

  • pittfan

    As I’m sure we all know, playing with flu can hamper performance and even keep you out. Playing with a questionable calf muscle is a whole different kettle of fish where reinjury is possible. THAT would be catastrophic.

  • Conserv_58

    He’s not going to miss the game. He got sent home as a precautionary measure.

  • Conserv_58

    I think some fans are over reacting to this news. He practiced. He had no set backs. I’m sure he was sent home because Tomlin, knowing AB’s work ethic, knew he would quit. So he sent him home for his own good.

  • pittfan

    Not only that but the flu is contagious. He didn’t want it spread to rest of the team.

  • heath miller

    are u canadian ?

  • heath miller

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Scott

    Reports are that Brown had a solid week of practice and showed no signs of being slowed by his calf. Smoke and mirrors.

  • heath miller

    lol wait … guys from FLA … fournette already said he hates the cold.. bortls went to UCF .. that stands for U of Central Florida.. hot as sh#t in central fla ( i know i live on clearwaer beach FL 6 months a year) and never go to that part of the state… so thats their two top O weapons… and somehow the COLD is an advantage for them? you might want to rethink that one … you said the advantage is for them to Run the Ball… in case you havnt noticed … we have a pretty damn good RB too.. but ours lovesssssssss the cold… his name is Bell… remember him ? LOL …. HEEEATH

  • Big Joe

    Well, since Tomlin already said he’s out sick but is likely to play Sunday, I’d say, no, he won’t miss the game.

  • StillersInThe6

    yeah, live in/from Toronto

  • heath miller

    i figured from the way you spelled favoUrite .. very cool love canadians .. in cleaarwater beach FL and we get a lot of them here in the winter..i love ot talk politics . american politics with them .. they know far more about US politics than 90% of americans…. say a show the other night .. called THE BRAVE .. good show about special ops team that goes in and rescues people held by not so nice groups around the world … funniest line i ever heard.. some of the special ops guys hooked up with some chick.. she said oh you have a special ops tatoo… are you american … he said no im canadian … its kinda like im american light… OMG so funny so i have ben calling all my canook buddys america lights this week … welcome to steeler nation !!! HEEEEEEEATH