Tomlin confirms Brown was benched, hasn't spoken to WR since Sunday

Tomlin confirms Brown was benched, hasn't spoken to WR since Sunday

The head coach told reporters that Brown had discomfort in his knee on Friday and was sent for an MRI, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Then, Brown chose to leave Heinz Field at halftime, causing even more of a stir.

It hasn't stopped. As Tomlin spoke, Brown - who has two years remaining on his four-year, $72 million deal he signed in the spring of 2017 - published a post on Instagram to his 3.1 million followers saying "I am divinely blessed with free will".

But more details about that incident have leaked, with's Ian Rapoport reporting that after the dustup Brown yelled something like "I'm done, why don't you just trade me already".

Although Brown turned up to the stadium to play on Sunday expecting to play, he did not get to go on the field and left at halftime.

Brown missed multiple practices and meetings leading up to the game against the Bengals and he is also said to have missed Monday's exit meetings. "I don't talk about it in the context of the season". According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Brown had requested a trade because he felt that Tomlin was "too aligned" with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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"That's the kind of baffling thing to me". ESPN's Adam Schefter says Brown didn't appreciate Roethlisberger wanting him to run a hot read over again during a walk-through. The source added that it didn't appear Brown threw a football directly at the quarterback.

"I talked to him prior to the game on Sunday", Tomlin said.

If the Steelers do decide to move on from Brown, there would be no shortage of teams lining up for his services, to be sure. "I consider him one of my closer friends". Tomlin is expected to address the media Wednesday for an end-of-season press conference. "When you're good, you find ways to minimize them, overlook them".

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward put his trust in both Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert while revealing his feelings about Antonio Brown during an interview on WDVE Wednesday morning.