Antonio Brown a no-show on Monday as wheels coming off in Pittsburgh

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By "us", I could mean the media, the Steelers fan base or the public in general, including those who do not care whether superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown's absence from work Monday had been prearranged and excused.

Brown's absence from the facilities was originally reported by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before being confirmed by Tomlin on Tuesday.

But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday downplayed Brown's situation, telling reporters he talked "a little bit" with Brown and attributed any level of frustration to the Steelers' 0-1-1 start to the regular season. "I understand all that", Tomlin said. "When you're the best in the world, you want to help participate, you want to win football games. We can end this right here and now".

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 33 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field on November 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "I think it's just another reason why I don't do social media". Said Tomlin: "I just want to stay focused on what's real and what's important: our preparation and our play this week, not only ours collectively but his included".

Seemingly everyone in the sports world spent the past eight months poking holes in the Patriots dynasty, salivating at each new juicy nugget that peeled back the curtain on the drama that was unfolding with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and Rob Gronkowski. I give Randy a lot of credit for not losing it on him.

Brown also appeared to pout after Roethlisberger ran in for a touchdown with 1:59 left in the lead that cut the deficit to five points.

"The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows". "There's time I've forced a couple balls to him". We'll see how things play out in the coming days.

But, well, after firing off that tweet, we don't know what Brown did. "We want to put together a good plan".

Brown's in-game behavior has always been a flashpoint.