PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Wednesday that Antonio Brown was benched Sunday towards Cincinnati after failing to present up for work Saturday, however the vast receiver hasn’t asked for a trade.
Throughout his end-of-year press convention, Tomlin cited a “lack of communication” between Brown and the crew, and he did not cover from the troubles his All-Professional receiver has triggered. Asked if he thought Brown give up on the Steelers, Tomlin responded, “You’ll be able to name it what you need to name it.”
Ben Roethlisberger mentioned Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan that he has no issues with Antonio Brown within the wake of studies that the All-Professional receiver was concerned in an incident with the quarterback at a walk-through final week.
Steelers vast receiver Antonio Brown “went off” on a teammate final week and skipped a number of conferences and practices, a crew supply confirmed.
Outlining the most recent layer to what’s develop into a tumultuous 2018 season for Brown, Tomlin mentioned Brown was coping with knee, ankle and ft soreness and was rested in practices accordingly. The crew despatched Brown for an MRI on the knee Friday, however he didn’t present up for the examination and could not be reached Saturday for walkthrough and conferences.
“Awakened Sunday morning, received a name from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who expressed that he was feeling higher and would find a way to take part,” mentioned Tomlin, who known as himself an “lively participant” in making an attempt to attain Brown. “I outlined to Drew that choices weren’t made like that, however I might be desirous about visiting with him on the stadium prior to the sport, however taking part in wasn’t on the menu.”
Tomlin heard that Brown had left the stadium early however could not affirm that as a result of he was centered on the sport.
Tomlin made clear that no adjustments are off the desk, and when asked if there is a level the place Brown’s antics may outweigh his manufacturing, Tomlin mentioned bluntly, “actually.”
Brown is coming into the third 12 months of a five-year, $72.7-million extension and has a 2019 wage cap hit of $22.1 million. Chopping or buying and selling him would come at a value of $21.1 million in useless cash.
“While you lack success, change is part of it,” mentioned Tomlin when discussing the response from an unsuccessful 9-6-1 season that ended a four-year playoff streak. “A part of transferring ahead is simply wallowing in it.”
Tomlin mentioned he wasn’t conscious of any Brown blow-ups with teammates. A supply mentioned Brown “went off” on a teammate in the course of the week, and the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette first reported that Brown skipped conferences after throwing a soccer at a teammate and wasn’t truly injured.
Tomlin has coached Brown for 9 seasons and watched him document an NFL-record six consecutive 100-catch seasons. However Tomlin has had to tackle a number of Brown-related points over time, together with Brown’s choice to use Fb Live to broadcast Tomlin’s post-game locker room speech after a 2017 playoff recreation.
“There’s disappointment, there is not any denying that,” mentioned Tomlin about his historical past with Brown and the place he’s with the crew.
Brown hasn’t commented publicly on the scenario, however he did tweet a seemingly inspirational message Wednesday.
Completely happy New Yr. Be nice. pic.twitter.com/QLna1LRncL
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 2, 2019