Steelers star Antonio Brown benched after dispute with Ben Roethlisberger, report says

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2019

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

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged Wednesday that a time could be near when All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is more of a distraction than he's worth in Pittsburgh.

"Stay tuned, we about to do this big interview", Brown says. A source told Schefter Brown doesn't feel sufficiently appreciated in Pittsburgh.

It appears that Tomlin has taken the side of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one too many times, and AB won't abide it.

Tomlin said he has not received a formal trade request from Brown, according to Kinkhabwala.

Brown has now reportedly requested the Steelers trade him, and some observers believe that's a possible outcome, despite a sizable salary cap hit.

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.

I have to side with Brown on this feud, as Brown is one of the single best players in the National Football League and probably doesn't love feeling like a little brother to Roethlisberger.

Brown, who finished the season with 104 catches for 1,297 yards and an NFL-best 15 touchdowns in 15 games, was also a no-show on Monday during the team's final meetings.

"I'm blessed to play with him", Roethlisberger said Tuesday. "'If there was a blowout, I certainly didn't see it, ' said Roethlisberger, who talked to Brown Thurs AM and 'everything was great, ' but understands frustration from Brown being gone late in week", ESPN's Jeremy Fowler tweeted. "I consider him one of my closer friends. I hope he's back here with me because he makes me better". "I know guys that are frustrated".

When asked if Brown quit on his team, Tomlin answered: "You can call it what you want to call it".

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