The Steelers took a big loss when they found out they would play the end of the regular season without Antonio Brown because of a calf injury, but his teammates remain optimistic he will return for the playoffs.
Running back Le’Veon Bell made a fairly bold statement a few weeks ago that he believed “100 percent” Brown would return from his injury by the time the team plays in the divisional round.
When asked earlier this week if Bell still believed in his statement he said, “Yes, I do,” adding that it was “just a hunch.”
“I know how hard he works,” Bell said, via ESPN.com. “And I know all the work and the time … he’s been putting in, and I’m confident he’ll be back.”
Bell isn’t the only teammate hopeful about Brown’s return this postseason. Center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters Brown wanted to come back to practice last week, but the team had to hold him back.
“That guy is such a competitor that we know he’s working every single day,” Pouncey said. “It would be nice to have him out there last week, but it doesn’t really matter. He’s getting his body right, and he’s going to be ready to play.”
Brown, who suffered a partially torn calf muscle in the first half of the Steelers’ loss to the Patriots in Week 15, has taken to social media to share the progress he has made. On Dec. 24, he posted a video on Twitter taking his first couple of steps since the injury.
“To all my teammates, I am doing my best to get back and join the group,” Brown wrote, in part.
To all my teammates i am doing my best to get back and join the group I miss you guys @steelers travel like the world champions you are today ! Happy Holidays see ya soon 1-0 this week ! #callgod #Firststepin7days #Boomin @moveu_official pic.twitter.com/nnc2YbI0Lf
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) December 24, 2017
While the Steelers don’t know who their opponent will be yet, Pittsburgh will host a playoff game Jan. 14.