Steelers QB Roethlisberger defends WR Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger insists that all is well between himself and teammate Antonio Brown.
And if Brown “went off” on a teammate, as published reports indicated earlier this week, that is news to the veteran quarterback.

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger
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“If there was a blowout, I certainly didn’t see it,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday during a radio appearance with 93.7 “The Fan” in Pittsburgh.
It has been a controversial week for Brown, who sat out the Steelers’ regular-season finale against the Cleveland Bengals. The Steelers listed Brown as out with a knee injury, but a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was not injured. The newspaper also reported that Brown missed multiple practices and meetings before and after the contest.
Brown has three years remaining on a five-year, $72.7 million contract extension that he signed before the 2017 campaign. He has surpassed 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons, and this year he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns.
“I hope he’s back here with me because he makes me better,” Roethlisberger said.
However, Brown reportedly has requested a trade, and more questions will arrive Wednesday when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addresses reporters.
“I’m blessed to play with him,” Roethlisberger said. “I consider him one of my closer friends. … Each guy has to answer that question (about welcoming him back to the locker room). I know guys are frustrated, some of the guys I talked to, that they tried to reach out to him and didn’t hear back.”
–Field Level Media

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