View Full Version : Tomlin Tuesday: Antonio Brown unlikely to play, Rainey "has a chance", Dwyer should play

11-06-2012, 02:00 PM
Coach Mike Tomlin said it is unlikely Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver Antonio Brown will be able to play when the Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night at Heinz Field.

Brown sprained his left ankle on a deep pass near the end of the first quarter against the New York Giants and did not return. Tomlin said his participation is "much in doubt" because his type of injury limits a player "who earns a living the way he earns a living -- with short-term quickness."

Tomlin also said Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (torn right calf), who has missed six of the eight games, including the past four, has a chance to return Nov. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. Polamalu and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) will begin practicing on a limited basis this week.

Tomlin made the comments during his weekly televised news conference.

Tomlin also said rookie running back Chris Rainey, who bruised his ribs against the Giants, "has a chance" to play against the Chiefs. However, he added that Rainey, who also returns kickoffs, could "big-time uncomfortable" because of the injury.

If Brown and Rainey do not play, Tomlin said wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to return both punts and kickoffs. Sanders had a 63-yard punt return against the Giants.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer (quad strain), who did not play against the Giants after posting back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances, has "a strong chance" to play against the Chiefs, Tomlin said. But running back Rashard Mendenhall was listed as questionable and could miss his fourth game in a row with an Achilles tendon injury.


11-06-2012, 03:42 PM
Good. Keep him out.

11-06-2012, 06:07 PM
Good. Keep him out.

Yep yep.

11-06-2012, 08:06 PM
I like the idea of holding AB out,we need him 100%. As for Troy, I hold him out unless it's an absolute emergency . The secondary is starting to gel ,why disrupt the game plan now?

11-06-2012, 08:41 PM
If any of these guys are in question to play then just sit them. I think the team is perfectly capable of beating the Chiefs without them. Get everyone healthy for the showdown with the Ravens in 2 weeks

Real Deal Steel
11-06-2012, 08:48 PM
Yeah..I agree with the majority. Let AB sit out. This will give Sanders a chance to get some real work in. Cotchery too.

Rainey should take a chill pill too. We will need all hands on deck when we play the evil ones after the Chiefs.

11-06-2012, 09:11 PM
Yeah..I agree with the majority. Let AB sit out. This will give Sanders a chance to get some real work in. Cotchery too.

Same here - Steelers are pretty loaded at WR, only concern is something happening to Sanders on special teams. Troy and Gilbert? who knows. . .Adams is playing a pretty decent RT for a rookie. At least he hasn't rolled up on anyone and blew out their knees yet, lol.

Nice to see Cotchery produce almost immediately against the Giants - feaking love that guy and what he brings to the party.

Defensively, secondary is looking much improved as is the defense as a whole. Not bad for a bunch of old guys. Defense isn't there yet, but they're headed in the right direction.

11-07-2012, 02:32 AM
I think Sanders and Wallace will have some huge numbers, along with Redman/Dwyer.

11-07-2012, 11:22 AM
I'm not concerned about production with AB & CR out, Cotch and Sanders will produce. But in terms of purely having bodies, a WR may need to be activated off the practice squad. Al Woods my be the colateral damage.