Thursday practices for Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game in Pittsburgh are in the books with good news for the Steelers and, so-so for the Jaguars.
First, on the Steelers front. Perennial All Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown was a full go at practice for the second straight day while coming back from a calf injury suffered a month ago. That means that Brown is a lock to play Sunday, as the favorite target of QB Ben Roethlisberger.
There are two other significant injuries for the Steelers and neither player practiced Thursday. Defensive Tackle Stephon Tuitt has an injured elbow and defensive back Artie Burns with a knee injury both sat out. However, both are vowing to play on Sunday.
For the Jaguars, the injury news is good and bad. First, newly named Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who is expected to shadow Brown a lot of the game, was limited in practice again Thursday with an Achilles injury. However, he will be at least trying to play Sunday. You can believe that.
Next, third receiver and kick returner Jaydon Mickens was limited in practice for the second straight day with a hamstring strain, and his status is uncertain for Sunday.
The good news for Jacksonville is they got three defenders back on in the practice filed, on a limited basis, on Thursday. Defensive back Aaron Colvin (illness), linebacker Telvin Smith (ankle) and fellow linebacker Paul Posluszny (abdomen) were all back after having sat out Wednesday’s workout.
This is a clear indication that all three should be ready to play by Sunday afternoon.
Also, tight end Marcedes Lewis, who remains on the injury report with his injured ankle, was also a full go on Thursday. Again, this indicates, that just as he did last Sunday in the wildcard win over Buffalo, he will play with the pain.
Lewis is the last remaining Jaguar to have played in Jacksonville’s January 2008 playoff win over the Steelers.
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