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Friday, November 16, 2018

Antonio Brown was benched at end of loss to Patriots

Antonio-Brown-SteelersPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is having a career year, but there have been some bumps along the way. One of them came on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Brown, who leads the NFL with 61 receptions through eight games, was benched by head coach Mike Tomlin toward the end of the game for disciplinary reasons.

“That was my decision,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We weren’t getting quality execution from an assignment standpoint. It led to an interception. I chose to remove him from the game.”

Tomlin added that Brown will start against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

After Pittsburgh’s Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Brown reportedly got into it without offensive coordinator Todd Haley about not getting the ball enough. He has seen plenty of targets since then, though the volume must not have been enough to keep him focused against New England.

Brown is on pace to catch more than 120 passes for over 1,400 yards. He may not maintain that torrid pace, but there’s no reason he can’t come close. However, he may find it challenging to remain focused. The Steelers are 2-6 and are going to miss the playoffs barring some sort of miracle. If Brown is already cashing it in at the end of games, it could get worse as the season progresses.

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