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Big Ben: blow-up could just be frustration

9/18/2013

PITTSBURGH -- A wide receiver wanting the ball is about as natural to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as breathing.

“All of us quarterbacks talk when we get a chance and we all talk about different receivers and lobbying for the ball and how some do it by gifts and some do it by just talking to you,” Roethlisberger said with a laugh. “I think they do it all over the league for as long as they’ve been around.”

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown apparently did more than just ask for the ball Monday night in Cincinnati.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown complained angrily on the sidelines to offensive coordinator Todd Haley and made enough of a scene that there was still friction between the two the day after the Steelers’ 20-10 loss to the Bengals.

Brown was not in the Steelers’ locker room during that half hour it was open to the media. Roethlisberger, meanwhile, said he was unaware of the incident when asked about it.

“I don’t know much about what’s going on or his unhappiness if there is a case of that,” Roethlisberger said of the Steelers’ No. 1 wide receiver. “I would assume it was just frustration. I don’t foresee it being a bigger problem than that.”

Brown has caught 11 passes for 128 yards in two games. The fourth-year veteran was targeted nine times by Roethlisberger in the Cincinnati game, tied with Jerricho Cotchery, and he led the Steelers with six receptions.

Sanders, who was targeted 10 times, led the Steelers in receiving yards with 78. Brown had 57 receiving yards.

I should have an update after practice assuming Brown addresses reporters.