While the Steelers believe it would have been a stretch for star wideout Antonio Brown to have played next week in a wild-card game if necessary, they are very optimistic he will be back coming out of that bye. Brown has been hobbled by a calf injury and was still limping into this week, but has shown progress since. Brown is dead-set on playing in their opening postseason game and is getting around-the-clock treatment both at the team's facility as well as at his home, sources said.