Brown dealing with illness, still hoping to play vs. Jaguars

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Antonio Brown was sent home from practice Friday due to an illness, but Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he is still confident of the star receiver playing in Sunday's divisional-round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.

Brown missed the last two games of the regular season due to a calf injury. However, he reportedly had been expected to be at full strength prior to this latest setback.

While the pass-catcher may not miss the contest, it could be a significant factor if he isn't 100 percent healthy.

The Jaguars boast arguably the best cornerback tandem in the league in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, so Pittsburgh needs its No. 1 receiver in top form.

Brown caught 10 passes for 157 yards in the Jaguars' Week 5 win over the Steelers.