Steelers imploding as WR Antonio Brown doesn't show up to Monday's practice

Sep 16 2018 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown returns a free kick against Kansas City Chiefs defe

Sep 16 2018 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown returns a free kick against Kansas City Chiefs defe

Brown's absence from the facilities was originally reported by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before being confirmed by Tomlin on Tuesday. It's unclear if Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was aware ahead of time and excused Brown, but sources told Bouchette they did not know of any reason why he might not attend. If the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to trade stud wideout Antonio Brown, one oddsmaker believes Cleveland could be the favorite. The Steelers are without standout running back Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to sign his franchise tag offer and might not report until much later in the season.

"We will talk about it and other things", Tomlin said.

Yet Brown has struggled at times to keep his emotions in check, be it on social media or on the sideline.

That loss and that tie came after an offseason where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called out the organization for drafting a quarterback in the third round. They are 0-2 while allowing 63 points in that span.

Throw in the fact that the Steelers are 0-1-1, and this is the absolute last thing Tomlin needed to deal with right now.

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Meanwhile the superstar offensive player who has been going to work, Antonio Brown, is having a little bit of a potential temper tantrum.

His "Trade me" tweet was his second social media flare-up in as many weeks.

Brown's absence speaks to the extreme dysfunction taking place in Pittsburgh.

"I'm focused on real legitimate things". I always want to take that road when I'm standing in front of this podium representing this league. The more we play, those things level themselves out. "I give Randy a lot of credit not losing it on him". The team's best player not showing up for work the day after he visibly harangued a member of the coaching staff and engaged in a snarky social media exchange with a former team employee - all this just days after he apologized for an implied physical threat against a member of the national media - is further evidence of a team whose culture is leaking. "That's just how I choose to approach it".

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