PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger mentioned he has no issue with Antonio Brown and noticed no foul habits from the All-Professional receiver final week.
“If there was a blowout, I definitely did not see it,” Roethlisberger mentioned Tuesday throughout his weekly radio look with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
A supply mentioned Brown “went off” on a teammate in the course of the week and missed a number of practices and conferences earlier than and after Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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The Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette first reported that Brown threw a soccer within the route of a teammate and that Brown was not damage regardless of the group itemizing him on the harm report with a knee issue, making him inactive for the season finale.
A supply mentioned Roethlisberger was concerned within the incident with Brown, however it was little greater than Brown flaring up, as he has up to now.
A supply shut to the scenario informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brown was upset about being requested to run a sizzling learn once more throughout a walk-through and later informed Roethlisberger he felt underappreciated.
Roethlisberger informed the radio present he talked to Brown on Thursday morning and “every little thing was nice,” however he understands the frustration expressed by teammates — himself included — who reached out and could not get a maintain of Brown later within the week.
Brown was seen across the facility Thursday however wasn’t current for that day’s observe, Friday’s workday or Monday’s exit conferences.
Steelers vast receiver Antonio Brown “went off” on a teammate and skipped a number of conferences and practices earlier than and after the season finale towards the Cincinnati Bengals, a group supply confirmed.
Roethlisberger referred to as the magnitude of the story “baffling” based mostly on what actually occurred.
“I am blessed to play with him,” he mentioned. “I think about him one of my nearer pals. … Every man has to reply that query [about welcoming him back to the locker room]. I do know guys are annoyed, some of the fellows I talked to, that they tried to attain out to him and did not hear again.”
Roethlisberger mentioned coach Mike Tomlin made the choice “proper earlier than the sport” that Brown wasn’t taking part in.
Tomlin will deal with the media Wednesday at midday ET.
Brown enters the third yr of a five-year, $72.7 million extension in 2019.
“I hope he’s again right here with me as a result of he makes me higher,” Roethlisberger mentioned.