Brown will be present at the Steelers' facility Wednesday as the team begins preparation for its Week 3 matchup with the Buccaneers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Brown's relationship with the Pittsburgh brass was called into question after he missed Monday's team meeting and film-review session. He also posted a comment on his personal Twitter account that could have been interpreted as him being receptive to a trade. Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, released a statement Tuesday through Adam Schefter of ESPN denying that the wideout had any interest in being traded, also adding that Brown was away from the team Monday to address a personal matter. Head coach Mike Tomlin met with Brown on Tuesday, and while the details of their conversation aren't known, it appears the six-time Pro Bowler is back in the fold. The Steelers won't punish Brown with anything more than a fine, and they intend to play him in Monday's game against the Buccaneers, per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he plans to meet with Brown later Tuesday but wouldn't reveal whether the wideout was excused from Monday's team meeting and film-review session, Judy Battista of NFL.com reports. In addition to missing the mandatory meeting, Brown made a post on his personal Twitter account suggesting that the Steelers should trade him. While it's unclear if Brown's comments were serious or not, Tomlin clarified Tuesday that the six-time Pro Bowler hasn't requested a trade, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The details regarding Brown's meeting with Tomlin likely won't be made public, but regardless of what topics are discussed, the prevailing belief is that the receiver will be on the field Week 3 against the Buccaneers and draw his usual high volume of targets.
Brown wasn't present for the Steelers' team meeting and film review Monday, though it's unclear if his absence was excused or not, Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, head coach Mike Tomlin will address the media Tuesday at noon EDT, at which point the reason behind Brown's absence could be addressed. So long as Brown is present when the team reconvenes Wednesday, his status for the Week 3 game in Tampa Bay probably won't be much of a question. Even so, Brown's lack of attendance Monday may be more noteworthy than usual in light of a post made the same day on his personal Twitter account. In response to a comment, Brown suggested the Steelers should "trade" him to find out how valuable he is to the team, though it's unclear if he was actually making a serious request.
Brown grabbed nine of 17 passes for 67 yards during Sunday's 42-37 loss to Kansas City. Brown was targeted a whopping 17 times, but was kept mostly in check by Kansas City's defense. Frustrations boiled over as Brown could be seen arguing with his offensive coordinator. It shows how dominant Brown is that tempers can fly after back-to-back nine-catch games.
Coach Mike Tomlin expects Brown (groin/hip) to be full-go for Sunday's season opener against the Browns, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brown didn't play in the preseason as he managed his groin/hip issue, but he's back at practice and looks good to go for Week 1. That notion would be cemented if the wideout is either not listed on Wednesday's injury report at all or is listed as a full practice participant. Whereas Brown's Week 1 status is not in doubt, Pittsburgh's star running back, Le'Veon Bell, has yet to sign his franchise tag with the team.
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|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|15||12/16||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|16||12/23||@New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
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