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".
NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Monday that Brown was not present during Monday's team meeting, and there was frustration in the locker room over Tomlin not addressing the situation.
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The QB also said he reached out to Brown to find out where he stood but didn't get a response. Tomlin does believe that Brown was dealing with some type of injury, but added to his knowledge that Brown has not undergone the MRI.
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off what has to be described as the most frustrating season of his Hall of Fame worthy career. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports described the dispute as "fairly ugly". Past year we saw Pittsburgh part ways with the offensive coordinator Todd Haley and we could see a big defensive shift this offseason. He remains perhaps the most talented wide receiver in the National Football League, and it's impossible to see how the Steelers would be better off without him. He can make plays all over the field, and his speed allows him to rack up yards after the catch. I'm sure Kevin, Coach Tomlin will be talking to him but going forward that's unacceptable. "I know guys that are frustrated. '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.
When asked if Brown quit on his team, Tomlin answered: "You can call it what you want to call it".
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