Antonio Brown was back in Pittsburgh on Thursday to have his undisclosed injury evaluated. On Friday, Pro Football Talk reported that Brown is dealing with a quad strain. On Wednesday, Brown stood in street clothes while watching his teammates practice from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported from Steelers camp on Thursday that Tomlin told reporters Brown had been sent to Pittsburgh for evaluation, but would not even specify the body part that had been injured. The only additional detail he gave was that Brown is considered day-to-day.
With Brown out, several of Pittsburgh's other receivers have shined. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has returned to practice after being sidelined by a left knee injury earlier in camp, caught just about everything thrown his way during Thursday's practice that included a touchdown during the team's Seven Shots drill. Rookie wide receiver James Washington, who practiced in full on Thursday after leaving the previous day's practice early with a toe injury, made several impressive catches on Thursday that included a one-handed scoring catch. Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey have also enjoyed some notable moments during this week's practices.
Brown finished the 2017 season with 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns. It was his fifth consecutive season recording 100-plus catches. Brown has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times and has been named First-Team All-Pro four times. The 30-year-old is entering the second year of a $68 million contract.
While some of the best skill position players in league history slowed down after turning 30, Brown, who celebrated his 30th birthday last month, is not worried about such a decline.
"I don't pay attention to my age," Brown recently told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I'm feeling great, I'm healthy and I'm in great shape. I feel as long as I have that, I can continue to be productive."