Well this just keeps getting better.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a drama-filled team, and there is no debating this very simple fact. However, the drama continues to rage on throughout the 2018 season with Le’Veon Bell’s holdout showing no end in sight, and now Antonio Brown’s displeasure with the the team, and his production.
To add a new wrinkle to Brown’s season which has been ‘off’ from the start, per Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown reportedly missed Monday’s meetings and film study — and the Steelers don’t know why.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did not report for work on Monday, one day after he appeared upset on the field and left the locker room in a hurry following a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, several team sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
It is not clear if Brown’s absence was excused by coach Mike Tomlin, but several sources indicated they did not know why Brown didn’t show up with the rest of his teammates for meetings and film review.
With Mike Tomlin’s set for his weekly press conference Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET, he will be asked about Brown’s behavior, and also the report of him missing work on Monday.
Tomlin could say he knew about the absence, and had excused Brown from work, or he could suggest Brown blew off his responsibilities to the team. Either way, clarification of some sort is needed at a time when nothing seems as if it is going right for the black-and-gold.
Bell is sitting out, Brown is threatening reports and talking about trades, and now he is missing work. This is a similar story as Bell missing the walk-through prior to the Steelers’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in last year’s AFC Divisional Playoffs.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story.
Mike Tomlin admits Brown missed practice, but wouldn’t say whether it was excused or not. Take that for what it’s worth. Tomlin said he will meet with Brown on Wednesday.
Tomlin said Antonio Brown was not at the facility on Monday but would not say whether it was excused or unexcused. Said he looks forward to talking to Brown on Wednesday— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 18, 2018
Mike Tomlin talking about Brown’s absence: