Antonio Brown sat out his third straight practice Friday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the wide receiver was undergoing tests on a sore knee that first landed him on the team’s injury report Thursday.
Tomlin said Friday that Brown came out of the Steelers’ 31-28 loss to the Saints with some knee discomfort, according to PennLive.com, though when he appeared as a DNP on the team’s practice-participation report this week he was excused as “coach’s decision.”
“Gave him a vet day on Wednesday like I give a lot of vet day days to guys, got in here yesterday, didn’t feel comfortable enough to do it (practice),” Tomlin said Friday. “We sent him for tests today. We’ll get the results of those tests and have more information.
“Obviously he’s a veteran player. If it gets better, not a lot of repetitions needed to perform,” Tomlin added, in reference to Brown’s lack of practice ahead of the regular-season finale. “We’ll see where all of that goes.”
According to PennLive.com, Brown still is expected to play Sunday in the Steelers’ key AFC North game against the Bengals, however the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that his status for the game is unclear.
Brown has 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns this season. He had 14 receptions for 185 yards and two TDs against the Saints.
If Brown is not able to play, James Washington would take on a bigger role, according to the Post-Gazette.
The Steelers (8-6) are in second place in the division behind the Ravens. Pittsburgh needs to win its game against the Bengals (6-9) and hope the Browns beat Baltimore in order for the Steelers to clinch the division and make the playoffs. The Steelers-Bengals kickoff is slated for 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.