Antonio Brown did not play last season's 16-13 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but not because of a knee injury.
Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that his absence was due to sitting down last week after a dispute with a teammate caused the broad recipient to throw the ball angrily at him.
The incident in question occurred on Wednesday during the walking exercise, sources told Dulac and Bouchette.
After that, Brown chose not to train with his teammates for the rest of the week and missed Saturday night's meeting at the team hotel. He arrived at Heinz Stadium on Sunday hoping to play and when he didn't, Brown went half.
A teammate called the Brown situation "the worst I've ever seen."
The 30-year-old All-Pro has been registered throughout the week in a team injury report as questionable with a knee injury. Although head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Brown's participation on Sunday would be a decision on the timing of the match, he did not finally test his knee in the warm-up.
Brown finished his season with 15 touchdown receptions in 15 matches, leading the NFL and setting a club record. He recorded 104 receptions for 1,297 yards.
Despite the win, the Steelers finished as runners-up at North AFC at 9-6-1 behind the Baltimore Ravens and missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.