Steelers' Antonio Brown took a day off after his sideline explosion

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According to a report from Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Antonio Brown did not show up to the Steelers' facility on Monday.

At a news conference Tuesday, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Brown was not at the Steelers' complex Monday but wouldn't say whether the absence was excused.

It is worth noting at this point that Brown was one of very few Steelers to publicly back Bell when he did not show up to the facility prior to the team's Week 1 game, while almost the entire offensive line and front office criticized Bell in the media.

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Tomlin would not delve into details about whether Brown's absence was excused, but he indicated that Brown would need to be spoken to, and mentioned that negativity from losing could lead to such an absence.

On Monday, Brown fired off a response to Twitter criticism from a former member of the Steelers PR staff that he wouldn't be much without Ben Roethlisberger, saying "trade me" so we can all find out. Following the game, Brown hurriedly left the locker room prior to media availability. A 3-1 or 4-0 stretch here would likely quiet concerns in Pittsburgh, but if they're headed into their bye week at 2-3-1 or worse, the chatter will only grow louder.

However, as we know, winning fixes everything and the next four games against reasonably competitive teams could be the deciding factor in whether Pittsburgh ever gets things turned around for 2018.

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On Wednesday, Brown publicly apologized for a tweet threatening ESPN senior writer Jesse Washington about a profile titled 'Antonio Brown is an Instagram All-Pro.

Okay, okay. Brown's tweet yesterday had nothing to do with him wanting to be traded. I think he was getting frustrated and he took it out on some people. I'll address that very directly with him. "And non-football-related things, such as social media decorum and et cetera, so hopefully that'll be the last time I'll be discussing things such as that in this setting".

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