2018 looked like it was a year where the Steelers would be a Super Bowl contender but that went down in a hurry after their loss to the Raiders a few weeks ago. It officially ended yesterday as the Colts clinched the last playoff spot in the AFC. Pittsburgh also dealt with off-field drama as Le’Veon Bell held out for a new contract along with Antonio Brown recently getting into it with teammates.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers originally listed Brown as questionable to play against Cincinnati but that wasn’t the real reason as far as what the team was saying. He sat out practice during the week as he got into an argument with a teammate and ended up throwing a football at him. Missing the game had zero reason to do with any type of injuries.
A source also added that Brown decided on his own not to practice after the incident. He went on to skip a Saturday team meeting which was one of many this year. Brown even showed up yesterday thinking that he would play. One teammate said that the situation is embarrassing and the worst he’d ever seen.
With all of the drama this season and seeing that Bell will be on his way out, the Super Bowl window for Pittsburgh looks like it’s closing. Big Ben is also not getting any younger.