Antonio Brown did not play in Pittsburgh Steelers' victory in the 16-13 Cincinnati final on Sunday, but not because of a knee injury.
Gary Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that his absence was due to sitting out of practice last week, after the dispute with the teammate led to a wide receiver throwing the ball into anger at him.
The incident in question occurred on Wednesday during a walk through practice, sources Dulac and Bouchette said.
Then, Brown did not practice his teammate by the end of this week and skipped the meeting Saturday at the hotel's team. He arrived at Heinz Stadium on Sunday, expecting to play, and when he did not, Brown remained in half.
One teammaker called him "the worst I saw".
The 30-year-old Al-Pro was reported all week in a report on the injury to the team as suspicious with a knee injury. Despite head coach Mike Tomlin, which suggests that Brown's participation on Sunday will be a decision during the game, he did not end up testing his knee in the heat.
Brown finished his season with 15 touchdowns in 15 games, leading the NFL and setting a club record. He recorded 104 receptions for 1297 yards.
Despite winning, Steilers ended up running as a runner-up in AFC North at 9-6-1 behind the Baltimore Ravens and missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.