The question remains when the Pittsburgh Steelers will have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown back on the field. We just know it won't be this weekend.
"He can be characterized as out this week," Tomlin said. "I don't want to frame it any other way. It's simply too early to tell. We'll see what the future of it holds at the top of next week."
That extra week could be the difference between Brown being available for his team's postseason opener.
Tomlin said running back James Conner will undergo knee surgery Tuesday on a damaged MCL. He was placed on injured reserve. His roster spot was filled by free-agent back Stevan Ridley. The Steelers coach added that cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) could be available this week after missing Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.
Here are other injuries we're monitoring on Tuesday:
- The Denver Broncos are placing outside linebacker Shane Ray on injured reserve. Ray, who played with a cast this season, had wrist surgery last Friday to remove screws that were inserted after injuring his wrist back in training camp.
- NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is dealing with a sprained knee.