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

Jan 03, 2019, 01:16
Tomlin confirms Brown was benched, hasn't spoken to WR since Sunday

The Steelers listed Brown with a knee injury on Thursday's injury report after initially labeling him with a non-injury designation Wednesday.

The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team's regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in essence abandoning the club in what Tomlin described as its "darkest hour".

The Steelers quarterback continued to play down talks of the fight and revealed that he had spoken to the wide receiver on Thursday and that everything was okay between them. Oh, and Roethlisberger says Brown is ignoring him and teammates ever since the incidents.

The Steelers' decision to sit Brown in Week 17 was ultimately the right choice, but Pittsburgh's offense was clearly off-base without his presence.

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There is a world where Ben Roethlisberger retires before Brown's contract runs out but in the meantime it's unclear if the situation is repairable between the team's top two players.

The Browns are now listed as the top team in the market for a Brown trade but it's highly unlikely that the Steelers would want to jumpstart rival Cleveland as a perennial playoff team.

Tweets don't determine anything in regards to the National Football League trade market, but Kittle's tweet and Brown's response weren't made without pretense.

"I've reached out to him numerous times", Roethlisberger said.

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It gets better. Brown just followed Kittle, along with safety Adrian Colbert and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Twitter.

Tomlin said he was an "active participant" in trying to get in contact with Brown, who also skipped Saturday's walk-through. "I will certainly talk to him".

Tomlin also told reporters that Brown has not asked for a trade, despite what others have said. "I know guys that are frustrated".

"I'm obviously not the coach or the owner, so I'm not sure what's going to happen", Roethlisberger said. Tomlin is expected to address the media Wednesday for an end-of-season press conference.

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