WR Brown sent home sick, but ex­pected to play on Sun­day

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PITTS­BURGH >> An­to­nio Brown was sent home from Steel­ers prac­tice Fri­day, but it wasn’t be­cause of the calf in­jury he’s been nurs­ing for the past four weeks.

Brown was a full prac­tice par­tic­i­pant all week, but coach Mike Tom­lin said Brown fell ill Fri­day. So Tom­lin kept him away from the team two days prior to the Steel­ers’ divi­sional round play­off game Sun­day against the Jack­sonville Jaguars.

“I didn’t want him to get any of the guys who weren’t sick, sick,” Tom­lin said. “We’ll bring him back in the build­ing (Satur­day) and con­tinue with his game readi­ness. We don’t have a lot of reser­va­tions about him from a phys­i­cal health stand­point. We do need to get him well from an ill­ness stand­point.”

Brown hasn’t played since he left a Dec. 17 game against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in the sec­ond quar­ter be­cause of a con­tu­sion in his lower left leg. He re­turned to prac­tice Mon­day and re­mains in line to play.

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