Mike Tomlin today didn't sound very optimistic about the chances of wide receiver Antonio Brown playing Monday night against the Chiefs.
Tomlin said Brown has an ankle injury and that he will "keep the door open" for the receiver, but I don't expect Brown to play.
Tomlin also said Troy Polamalu and Marcus Gilbert should return to practice at some point this week, but he does not expect them to play against the Chiefs, either.
The same is likely true of Rashard Mendenhall.
With the Ravens coming up in two weeks, the Steelers are going to play things safe.
@ Jonathan Dwyer is expected back this week, though Tomlin wouldn't commit to a starter at running back.
He did say that the guy who is running the ball the best is going to get the ball.
@ Chris Rainey has a rib injury that Tomlin admitted is going to be painful. But the Steelers' head coach said the injury might not keep Rainey from playing this week.
@ Though Tomlin said the Steelers don't necessarily need to activate a wideout if Brown does not play, they would only have three active if that is the case.
That's not going to happen.
Look for David Gilreath, who could serve as an emergency return man, to be activated.