Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown failed to attend team meetings on Monday, leading to speculation that he was disgruntled with the organization and may have wanted a trade, especially after sending out the tweet below.
But on Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that he talked to Brown and disciplined the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Brown is also expected to play in their Week 3 contest vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time," Tomlin said Wednesday, via ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler. "I'll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday."
It's a sigh of relief for Steelers fans, considering that star running back Le'Veon Bell continues to hold out due to a contract dispute. Though Bell's production has been replaced well by second-year running back James Conner, there is no wide receiver in the NFL on the same level as Brown.
Brown has gotten off to a rough start through the first two games, compiling just 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. Pittsburgh has limped to an 0-1-1 start, and they need Brown to pick it up in an early must-win game against the surprising 2-0 Buccaneers.
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported Tuesday that some assistant coaches around the league think Tomlin is losing his locker room. Tomlin has been criticized in the past for being too relaxed on his players (namely Steeler legend Terry Bradshaw). But Tomlin disciplined one of his star players and seems to have the group refocused for their pivotal Week 3 game.
The Brown saga appears to be dealt with. Now, the Steelers need to get the Bell distraction out of their heads and start winning football games. This team is too talented to fall apart because of one disgruntled player.