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The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either.The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team’s regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday James Conner Jersey , in essence abandoning the club in what Tomlin described as its “darkest hour.”Though Brown did make a cameo appearance on the sideline — rocking a fur coat — as the Steelers edged the Bengals , he vanished before the final gun and did not show up on Monday for exit interviews and to clear out his locker.Tomlin said Brown arrived at practice last Wednesday reporting discomfort in his lower body. The team gave Brown the day off, did so again on Thursday. On Friday, Tomlin sent Brown home to rest and suggested he get an MRI on the banged up knee.Tomlin did not hear from Brown on Saturday to get an update. When Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, reached out on Sunday morning to tell Tomlin that Brown was available to play, Tomlin “drew a line in the sand” and said Brown could best serve the Steelers by cheering on the sideline.While Tomlin demurred when asked during his season-ending news conference on Wednesday if Brown “quit,” the longtime head coach offered little in defense of the perennial Pro Bowler, whose historic production has become increasingly at odds with his erratic off-the-field behavior.“The bottom line is we were playing a significant game and he didn’t do a good enough job of communicating of being available in the hours leading up to that performance,” Tomlin said.“So we needed to make decisions pertinent to getting to play in that performance. So, I’ve been real clear at outlining what transpired Artie Burns Jersey , the level of communication, things of that nature. Obviously there are some things within that that you can infer, certainly.”Rather than spend time elaborating on how the Steelers went from 7-2-1 the week before Thanksgiving to 9-6-1 and missing the postseason for the first time since 2013 — a collapse Tomlin plans to “wallow” in over the next few weeks — he spent the majority of his time responding to questions about Brown.It’s nothing new. The 30-year-old is the only player in NFL history with six straight 100-catch seasons, but has become adept at drawing headlines for things that have nothing to do with football, be it livestreaming from the postgame locker room in Kansas City two years ago to threatening a reporter from ESPN on social media in September to suggesting on Twitter he should be traded .It hasn’t stopped. As Tomlin spoke, Brown — who has three years remaining on his four-year, $72 million extension he signed in the spring of 2017 — published a post on Instagram to his 3.1 million followers saying “I am divinely blessed with free will. I utilize that gift, choosing to take charge of my life.” Brown also appeared with former teammate James Harrison, who promised an exclusive “interview” with Brown.Tomlin has long had a policy of trying to tune out what his players say or do on social media, but admitted there’s a level of “disappointment” when it comes to Brown’s actions before adding it’s immaterial to his job.Asked if there’s a point with Brown or any player where the distractions can outweigh the on-the-field benefits, Tomlin said “certainly.”Whether the Steelers are at that point is unclear. Tomlin said the team has not received any “formal” trade requests from Brown’s camp.Tomlin declined to get into what punishment Brown may face in the future Sean Davis Jersey , saying the club is still gathering information. Tomlin does believe that Brown was dealing with some type of injury, but added to his knowledge that Brown has not undergone the MRI.“Like we do in all circumstances, we will deal with it appropriately and deal with it in-house,” Tomlin said.Brown’s future status is just one of a number of questions the Steelers will face over the next few months, starting with the coaching staff. The defense and special teams both had critical missteps this season and offensive line coach Mike Munchak is in the mix for several open head coaching positions.“When you lack success, when you fail, change is a part of it,” Tomlin said. “We talk about it. As a staff we talk about it. As players, in exit meetings. That’s just our business.”So lately, has been addressing the perpetual drama surrounding one of the NFL’s most talented and mercurial players. Vontaze Burfict had been fined or suspended on 12 separate occasion heading into his Week 6 encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and many expected that number to become his unlucky 13th this week after witnessing his questionable play last Sunday. Inexplicably Ramon Foster Jersey , while a number of fines have been handed out to players around the league in the past few days, it would appear that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker did not receive one.Given his long history as a repeat offender, it is hard to understand why Burfict was not suspended, let alone fined, especially in a league that pretends to take player safety so seriously. In a seven year career, Burfict has been fined a total of $4,046,408 so far, a figure that many believe should have been added to this week. Burfict’s complete list of fines and suspensions to date based on data from Spotrac.com.2013 Week 3 - Fined a total of $31,000 for a hit in a defenseless receiver and intentionally striking an opponent in the groin against Green Bay Packers.2013 Week 6 - Fined $7,875 for a facemask on Fred Jackson in game against the Buffalo Bills2013 Week 8 - Fined $21 Vince Williams Jersey ,000 for spearing New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill.2014 Week 6 - Fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen in separate incidents in a game against the Carolina Panther.2015 Week 14 - Fined $69,454 for three separate incidents against the Steelers.2015 Week 17 - Fined $50,000 for a late hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams.2015/16 AFC Wildcard - Suspended for three games for a hit on a defenseless receiver after hitting Antonio Brown in the head. Lost a total of $502,941 in salary.2016 Week 6 - Fined $75,000 for stepping on the leg of LeGarrett Blount in a game against the New England Patriots.2016 Week 11 - Fined $12,153 for giving the middle finger to a Buffalo Bills fan.2017 Preseason Week 2 - Suspended for three games for a hit on a Anthony Sherman of the Kansas City Chiefs. Lost a total of $1,400,469 in salary.2017 Week 7 - Fined $12,154 for kicking Roosevelt Nix.2018 - Suspended four games for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Lost a total of $1,839 Zach Gentry Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey ,362 in salary.Oh and there was also this too ...Regardless of the public outcry from fans, media and many former and current players, it should come as no surprise to note the NFL was completely tone deaf to outside opinion about what to do with Burfict. Much like they were when disciplining players like Ray Rice or Josh Brown. Rather than acknowledge they have someone in the league with serious anger issues who needs removing from the game altogether, the NFL is content to ignore the problem and hope it goes away.It is clear Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will do nothing to control the troubled linebacker internally and we will all be back here later in the year having the same conversation once again. While T.J. Watt gets fined $20,000 for this:It appears Burfict will see not punishment for doing this:Averaging at least two notable fines or suspensions a year in each of the last five seasons, Burfict is very likely to do something else worthy of punishment in the next 11 weeks. It can only be hoped that the next injury he causes is not career threatening. Not that the league really cares.
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