Steelers WR Antonio Brown making progress toward return for playoffs
After missing two games with a lower leg contusion, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is making "progress" in his potential return for the team's divisional-round playoff game Jan. 14.
Coach Mike Tomlin provided an update on Brown on Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
"His progress is going well, his rehab," Tomlin said. "If we were to play a game this week, you could characterize him as questionable."
The previous two weeks, Tomlin was quick to rule out Brown in games against Houston and Cleveland.
Brown posted a video on his social media accounts Monday showing him running on an anti-gravity treadmill. Brown injured his calf in the first half of the Steelers' game Dec. 18 against the New England Patriots.
Brown led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards despite missing the final two games of the regular season.
The only other injury update provided by Tomlin was for backup offensive lineman B.J. Finney. Starting at center in place of a resting Maurkice Pouncey in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns, Finney injured his ankle and then left the game for good in the first half with a thigh injury.
"If I had to characterize his status for this week, I'd characterize it as questionable," Tomlin said. "I saw him this morning. No way can you count B.J. Finney out."
A few highlights from Tomlin's news conference:
Tomlin said the team has granted OL coach Mike Munchak permission to interview for Cardinals head coaching job. Said Steelers have not been contacted about any other assistants.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
'Our desire is to continue to be a team on the rise as the road gets narrow.' Tomlin, on playoff road— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
B.J. Finney injury update: 'I would categorize his status as questionable.'Antonio Brown would be 'questionable' if Steelers were to play a game this week (which they aren't)— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
Tomlin said Steelers checked off one goal by going 6-0 in division— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
Tomlin: 'Eli Rogers continues to grown and provides solid play as a punt returner.'— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
Tomlin: 'We got some splash in the kicking game.'— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
Tomlin on Browns win: Thought Stevan Ridley took advantage of his opportunity. 'I was pleased with what he was able to provide us.'— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018
Tomlin wearing a black 50 sweatshirt in honor of Ryan Shazier— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 2, 2018