Report: Steelers players think Antonio Brown wasn’t injured

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Antonio Brown‘s teammates aren’t as trusting as his coach.

On the same day that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he has no question to doubt the veracity of Brown’s claim that he had a knee injury last week, multiple unnamed Steelers players tell Aditi Kinkhabwala that they don’t believe Brown was injured. Which means that they think Brown quit on the team, days before a de facto playoff game.

That doesn’t bode well for Brown’s future with the team. If he has lost the locker room, there’s no reason to bring him back.

But there’s also no reason for the Steelers to publicly acknowledge this dynamic; if it appears that the Steelers have reached the point of no return with Brown, the Steelers may have a hard time maximizing their return if/when trade talks happen.

The evidence suggests that Brown wasn’t injured. During Tomlin’s press conference, he carefully glossed over the question of whether Brown participated in practice last Wednesday despite being injured, the question of whether Brown stormed out, and the question of whether Brown showed up last Thursday. Tomlin nevertheless was candid regarding the fact that Brown, when directed on Friday to get an MRI on his knee, didn’t — and regarding the fact that lack of communication from Friday to Sunday became one of the main reasons for Brown’s failure to play.

Apart from ensuring trade leverage, Tomlin has no reason to admit that Brown wasn’t injured, given that the Steelers placed him on the injury report and blamed his failure to play on the injury. The Steelers need to tread lightly on this; if they admit Brown wasn’t injured, they’ll face some sort of discipline from the league.

Unless, of course, the league decides to look the other way, since it’s the Steelers not the Patriots.

32 responses to “Report: Steelers players think Antonio Brown wasn’t injured

  1. “Unless, of course, the league decides to look the other way, since it’s the Steelers not the Patriots.”

    amen brother, amen

  2. Dang, looks like Pittsburgh is gonna have to swallow a $21MM pill to feel better.

    I think most fans can agree the playoffs can’t get here any faster with this distraction.

  3. “Unless, of course, the league decides to look the other way, since it’s the Steelers not the Patriots.”

    And there you have it. Justice under Roger Goodell

  4. AB went from hero to zero in 2 short years. He got paid, got swag, became a diva, and is now a poster child for the me-me generation. Thanks AB but you punched your ticket out of Pittsburgh.

  5. If you read everything out there, you will see that Browns agent called Tomlin on Sunday about Brown playing. I wonder what role his agent played in this whole mess? I can’t see where anyone will benefit from this. It looks like everyone will lose in this one.

  6. Unless, of course, the league decides to look the other way, since it’s the Steelers not the Patriots.

    And there it is folks, your troll bait. Post away

  7. “ originalsteelcurtain says:
    January 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    AB went from hero to zero in 2 short years. He got paid, got swag, became a diva, and is now a poster child for the me-me generation. Thanks AB but you punched your ticket out of Pittsburgh “

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    Brilliantly stated. I can’t add anything of value to that. Well spoke.

  8. Coach cliche is the common denominator in all of this. He MUST Go.

    Do you know the difference between Tomlin., Vance Joseph , Adam Gase, etc? One of them has benefitted from a hall of fame QB. The others haven’t.

    Wake up Rooney family. Please!!!

  9. Remember when the “Killer B’s” were gonna lead the Steelers to the superbowl?

    Pitt couldn’t even get the 3 of them show up for work on the same day.

  10. Man…..the Steelers are a disaster right now. They missed the playoffs after losing a couple very winnable games. Ben threw some garbage late picks in games, and then would blame everyone else on his weekly radio spot. It just looks like they need a new vision from head coach on down.

  11. Who are these people saying that AB wasn’t hurt???

    Just ask his ego – he knows and he won’t hesitate to tell you.

  12. koenig61 says:
    January 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    Unless, of course, the league decides to look the other way, since it’s the Steelers not the Patriots.

    And there it is folks, your troll bait. Post away

    16 3 Rate This

    Amen Brotha, Amen 🙏

  13. If I were the coach, I’d make him earn his way back to being a starting WR, special teams only. Not to mention, I’d be extra tough on him…when done he’d want to quit.

  14. Or maybe the suit against him in FL for tossing furniture off the 12th floor balcony goes against him and he finds himself suspended for 6+ games.

  15. So the players know what’s going on and yet Tomlin is still enabling ABs behavior. Is there any wonder he’s such a diva when the head coach not only allows it but covers for it when people find out about it. Not only has AB lost the locker room. Maybe Tomlin has too. I think they both should be sent packing.

  16. Can’t blame AB for the refs taking away the Steelers Win in New Orleans . He shouldn’t walk away from the Cincy game but I’m sure he is still upset how the refs changed the game in NO and a Potential playoff spot. All will be good in August.

  17. I listened to Tomlin’s presser and it sounds like AB just didn’t show up on Saturday because he was busy throwing a temper tantrum. Presumably that temper tantrum started when Ju-Ju Schuster was voted team MVP. That hurt ABs feelings so because he thought it should have been him he decided to throw a fit and leave so they could see just how much they needed him. Tomlin said that Drew Rosenhaus called him on Saturday, not AB, to say he was ready to play. So not only did AB throw a temper tantrum he didn’t even have the stones to call Tomlin himself. What a joke.

    The Steelers had to play without him and everyone now sees just how much they “need” him to win games. That didn’t work out very well did it?

  18. The steelers knew AB wasn’t hurt and they probably didn’t want him on the sidelines during the Cincy game either but unlike Brown as good teammates they didn’t object…his antics have gotten so out of control it doesn’t seem worth it to let him play out his contract how a middle aged man with SO many kids can act that ridiculously childish is baffling

  19. So, 2 of the 3 B’s killed the vibe in the Steeler locker room this year?

    All 3 of them……they are all B’s!

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