“He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time,” Tomlin said after Wednesday's practice. “I'll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday.”
Fowler adds that several Steelers teammates say Brown is in their game plan for their upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and expect him to play on Monday night. A report came out earlier in the day that Brown was not going to be suspended by the team and will likely just receive a fine as punishment for his unannounced absence on Monday.
Brown’s Monday no-show came on the same day he tweeted “Trade me let's find out” in response to a former Steelers employee who said that Brown wouldn't have the same success in his career without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown’s agent has since clarified that the wide receiver has does not want a trade from the Steelers.
If Tomlin did decide not to suspend Brown for skipping work, it likely won't be received well by his critics, who think the Steelers coach has not done a good enough job disciplining his players. But Tomlin clearly believes whatever discipline he handed out to Brown in lieu of a suspension is sufficient punishment for his offense.
If Brown does take the field on Monday night, he will look to help the Steelers get their first win of the season against a surprising Bucs team that is 2-0 thanks to the great play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.