Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke with the media immediately and confirmed that star extensive receiver Antonio Brown was benched for the staff's ultimate recreation of the season in opposition to Cincinnati for skipping Saturday's stroll by way of.
Tomlin additionally instructed reporters that Brown has not requested for a commerce, regardless of what others have stated.
"We take his lack of presence ... as one thing very important and will likely be dealt with appropriately so," Tomlin stated Wednesday. "... Not going to take a position on commerce and have not been formally requested [by Brown to seek a deal]."
However, a few of AB's teammates appear to consider the connection is past restore and that Brown's days in Pittsburgh are coming to an finish. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Brown had requested a commerce as a result of he felt that Tomlin was "too aligned" with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
During Tomlin's presser this afternoon, Brown and former Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison posted a video through which they teased a "large interview" coming quickly.
Brown, 30, completed the 2018 season with 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns. He's nonetheless underneath contract with the Steelers by way of 2021.
The Steelers went 9-6-1, however will likely be watching the playoffs from house because the Baltimore Ravens gained the AFC North with a 10-6 mark.