Things have gone from bad to worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette said that head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Brown was not at the Steelers' practice facility Monday, but would not elaborate on whether the absence was excused or not.
If Brown does continue to miss work, this could put the Steelers' season in jeopardy early.
In the Steelers' 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, Brown had nine receptions on 17 targets for 67 yards.
Okay, okay. Brown's tweet yesterday had nothing to do with him wanting to be traded.
Then again, it could simply be due to the frustrations of going 0-1-1 to start the season. Following the game, Brown hurriedly left the locker room prior to media availability. But not getting the ball when you were expecting it has caused similar issues for superstar wide receivers in the past.
It came just two days after a former Steelers staffer disparaged Brown on Twitter by noting that Ben Roethlisberger had made his career. Cameras caught him venting in the second half against Kansas City, and when Roethlisberger dived into the end zone for a 3-yard score that drew the Steelers within five points on Sunday, Brown walked slowly off the field while his teammates celebrated.
Brown's in-game behaviour has always been a flashpoint.
Asked if Brown actually wants traded, Tomlin chuckled and said, "no".
Tomlin downplayed Brown's sideline behaviour, calling "negative exchanges" the byproduct of not playing well as a whole.
Seemingly everyone in the sports world spent the past eight months poking holes in the Patriots dynasty, salivating at each new juicy nugget that peeled back the curtain on the drama that was unfolding with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and Rob Gronkowski. "I'll leave that between he and I".
If that wasn't bad enough, star wide receiver Antonio Brown was viewed on the sidelines blowing up at the offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and it sure looked like he told him, "If you don't want me, send me somewhere else". This is a volatile situation that is still developing, and fans can only imagine what Brown might do next.
"He was not. No", Tomlin said.