Wide receiver Antonio Brown would be listed as questionable if the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.
Tomlin said he saw Brown on Tuesday morning.
“His progress is going well,” he said.
Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
Before suffering the injury he became the first receiver in NFL history with five consecutive seasons with triple-digit receptions, breaking his tie with Marvin Harrison at four.
He finished the regular season with 101 catches, 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Steelers (13-3) finished the season with the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday if the Steelers were playing a game this week, both wide receiver Antonio Brown and backup offensive lineman B.J. Finney would be characterized as questionable.
“[Brown’s] progress is going well, his rehab,” Tomlin said.
Brown suffered a calf contusion in the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in Week 15. Asked about the diagnosis on Dec. 21, Tomlin said he wasn’t exactly sure what it meant.
“I said, ‘Can I describe it as a contusion?’ They said, ‘Yeah, you can describe it as that.’ So that’s what I described it as,” Tomlin said then. “What others, particularly medical professionals would describe it as, I have no idea.”
On Monday, Brown released several videos of him running on an anti-gravity treadmill.
Shortly after Brown’s injury, the NFL Network reported that he would miss the remainder of the regular season, but would hopefully be available for the postseason.
Despite missing the last 2.5 games of the regular season, Brown led the NFL in receiving yards. He caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards.
Tomlin said Finney was able to return from an ankle injury suffered during Sunday’s game against the Browns, but couldn’t come back from a quad injury. It was “probably a culmination of the two,” Tomlin added.
“Saw him this morning,” Tomlin said. “Nobody should be counting B.J. Finney out.”
Mike Tomlin offered a positive review of Antonio Brown’s status after suffering a calf injury against the Patriots in Week 15.
Tomlin said that Brown would probably be listed as questionable if the Steelers had a game this weekend, as Pittsburgh expects to have their All-Pro receiver back for the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
Speaking on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger said that he’s encouraged with Brown’s current status after Brown recently sent him workout videos detailing his recovery.
“I’ve seen him working out, running on a treadmill, things like that,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m excited. I think he’ll be ready to go for our (next) game.”
Tomlin also gave an injury update on B.J. Finney, who suffered quad and ankle injuries during Pittsburgh’s Week 17 victory over the Browns. This week, Tomlin said that Finney’s status for the upcoming week could also be characterized as questionable.