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Steelers’ Antonio Brown sent to Pittsburgh to be examined for injury

August 8, 2018

Antonio Brown missed Pittsburgh Steelers practice for the second consecutive day. But unlike for Wednesday’s soggy session, Brown was not even on hand to watch Thursday.

Coach Mike Tomlin did not specify what is ailing Brown, but he did say Brown was sent to Pittsburgh for evaluation.

“I’ll have more information, but ... largely it probably can be characterized as a day-to-day type deal,” Tomlin said after practice at Saint Vincent.

Moments later, in again referencing Brown, Tomlin called his ailment “Just a day-to-day, minor injury. Nothing to speak of. ”

Asked to clarify a general area that is affecting Brown, Tomlin quickly retorted: “Again, nothing to speak of.”

Brown, a five-time All-Pro who turned 30 this year, rarely missed practices. On Wednesday, he was spotted smiling and even doing some casual catching. He also signed autographs, appeared in good spirits and walked with no noticeable limp.

Other starters who missed Thursday’s practice were left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (right upper arm), tight end Vance McDonald (foot) and safeties Sean Davis (groin) and Morgan Burnett (left hamstring). The latter two again did the most individual work on the field, and Tomlin said they were making progress in “working their way back.”

Cornerback Artie Burns (left groin) did work his way back to practice after missing the prior two.

Slot receiver Marcus Tucker left practice when he injured his right ankle making a tumbling attempt at a catch at the goal line in a drill.

“He wasn’t able to finish (practice),” Tomlin said. “We will see how it goes, but probably can characterize him as day-to-day as well.”

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