Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The'best' Is Back Brown Returns to Practice, but Injury Was'ugly'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The'best' Is Back Brown Returns to Practice, but Injury Was'ugly'

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Just 13 days after the Steelers experienced the emotional trauma of seeing teammate Ryan Shazier severely injured on the playing field, another teammate was writhing in the end zone at Heinz Field.

Antonio Brown was in pain. They whisked him off the field and, yes, he was scared.

"Absolutely," Brown told a gaggle of media after rejoining his team in practice Monday for the first time. "As soon as the incident happened, we had an MRI and went in a police car right to the hospital.

"I'm glad I'm able to be on my feet today talking to you guys and persevere from that situation."

His calf injury needed immediate attention, and while he did not want to talk about it Monday, one of his recent videos showed two bandages on his calf where it appears some sort of surgery was required.

"I can't tell you what they did," Brown said. "It was pretty ugly."

It turned out rather pleasant, however, as Brown practiced Monday and teammates said he looked good doing so. There is every expectation not only that he will play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but that he will be in full form.

"See how it goes as the week progresses," is how Brown put it. "I feel I was able to go through practice. I can still get a little better, but it feels good to be out there."

The Steelers, then, will be at full strength on offense when they open the playoffs after a bye in the first round, and teammates know what having a healthy Brown in the lineup will do for them.

"Well, he's the best in the business," Ben Roethlisberger said, "and when you get the best in the business back, it not only makes my job easier, it opens up for other guys because attention needs to be paid to him."

Brown left early in the second quarter Dec. 17 against New England. The Steelers won their final two without him, but those came against Houston (4-12) and Cleveland (0-16) and not a team such as the Jaguars (10-6), the No. …

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