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Antonio Brown sent home from practice with illness, will play Sunday against Jaguars

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is recovering nicely from the calf injury that cost him the final two games of the regular season but is fighting a different battle now ahead of the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

The Steelers sent Brown home from practice Friday due to an illness, though he’s going to play Sunday.

The Steelers won their final two games without Brown in the lineup. And his absence actually might have been a blessing in disguise, as the likes of Eli Rogers and Martavis Bryant were able to get some good work in prior to the postseason.

However, there’s no way to replace Brown, especially going up against a top defense like Jacksonville’s. He led the entire NFL in receiving yards, even missing those final two games. And even in a brutally tough game for Ben Roethlisberger against the Jaguars early in the season, Brown came down with 10 catches for 157 yards.