Steelers star Antonio Brown benched after dispute with Ben Roethlisberger, report says

Posted January 03, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver unfollowed his own team on Instagram on Wednesday and started following the San Francisco 49ers, according to Yahoo!

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin denied reports that Antonio Brown has requested to be traded and said the Steelers would handle the star receiver's absence from the team as an in-house matter.

Roethlisberger said he talked to Brown on Thursday morning and said "everything was great and fine" between them.

"I think Antonio Brown, he went and got this ring just to say, 'Hey look, here I am". While Brown also wondered aloud whether the Steelers should trade him, a source told Rapoport that Brown was simply frustrated and was not making a trade demand.

The quarterback added he didn't know why Brown was avoiding his teammates.

The Browns are now listed as the top team in the market for a Brown trade but it's highly unlikely that the Steelers would want to jumpstart rival Cleveland as a perennial playoff team.

That said, Brown will turn 31 years old this offseason.

Following the alleged dispute, Brown did not show up to the team's walk-through practice on Saturday and a meeting later that night at the team's hotel. The quarterback downplayed the incident. He can make plays all over the field, and his speed allows him to rack up yards after the catch.

I have to side with Brown on this feud, as Brown is one of the single best players in the National Football League and probably doesn't love feeling like a little brother to Roethlisberger.

"If there was a blowup or something, I sure as heck didn't see it", Roethlisberger said (via ESPN).

"He is such an incredible talent, and I've been blessed to have him as my teammate and truly a good friend, one of my better friends on the team ..." Tomlin is expected to address the media Wednesday for an end-of-season press conference.