Antonio Brown missed meetings, film on Monday

Tyler Owen
September 20, 2018

The Steelers are already dealing with the absence of running back LeVeon Bell, who is holding himself out of the lineup and has been called out by several teammates for his actions.

It's been a disappointing start to the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers: a tie against the Cleveland Browns followed by a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, attributed his Monday absence to a personal matter, and Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that he meant to meet with Brown on Wednesday.

It's been reported that Antonio Brown has come into conflict with several team members and staffers throughout the early stages of the 2018 season.

"I'm looking forward to visiting with him today and discussing (the absence) and some other things", Tomlin said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. On Monday, Brown not only failed to show up to work, but also tweeted out "Trade me let's find out" after a former Steelers staffer said Brown would be nothing without Ben Roethlisberger. He did not say yes. He left the Steelers locker room before speaking to the media after the game.

A team source told ESPN that Brown is fully expected to be in the building for Wednesday's work day.

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Roethlisberger has gotten out in front of any potential issues by voicing his appreciation for Brown, who has been his primary target in the passing game throughout much of his career and has emerged into being arguably the best wide receiver in the league.

"AB is a very passionate football player".

According the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which cited an unidentified team source, Brown won't be suspended for skipping Monday's team activities, though it's possible, even likely, he'll be fined. "He's a competitor. He wants to be the best in the world and he probably is".

A native of Miami, Brown had a quiet game by his standards, recording only nine catches for 67 yards. I think he was getting frustrated and he took it out on some people.

"I think it's just frustration", Roethlisberger said.

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