Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Bown is back with the squad after being away from the team’s facility on Monday.
I’m told Antonio Brown will be in the Steelers building Wednesday as part of Bucs game-planning. Meetings begin soon.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 19, 2018
Brown made headlines earlier this week when it was reported he skipped film review. At that point, suggestions were that it came without the permission of the Steelers’ brass. That’s something Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has since denied.
All of this came after Brown sent out a Tweet Monday using the dreaded five letter word “trade.” Obviously, it led to a ton of confusion around the league.
Outside of Brown’s Twitter activity, this seems to be a non-story. It’s clear that’s the way the Steelers themselves are looking at it.
Ben Roethlisberger twice calls Antonio Brown “the best in the world,” and says his frustration stems from wanting “to help win football games.” #Steelers
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 19, 2018
Given the entire Le’Veon Bell drama and Pittsburgh’s less-than-stellar start to the season, it’s hard to blame people for thinking there was more to this Brown story. Things just don’t seem to be going too swimmingly for one of the NFL’s model franchises.
Even then, it looks like we can put this entire Brown thing to rest.
Pittsburgh heads into Week 3 with a 0-1-1 record. It’s slated to take on the undefeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the red-hot Ryan Fitzpatrick on Monday Night Football. That has to be the team’s focus over the next several days.