Antonio Brovn did not play in Pittsburgh Steelers who finished the season 16-13 with a victory over Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but not because of a knee injury.
Gerri Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that his absence was due to sitting on a training session last week after the dispute with the matchmaker led to a wide receiver that threw the ball on him.
The incident occurred on Wednesday during a practice that goes through, say sources Dulac and Bouchette.
After that, Brovn chose not to train with his teammates until the end of the week and skip a meeting Saturday night at the hotel. He arrived at Heinz Stadium on Sunday, expecting to play, and when he was not, Brovn went to the pole.
One matchman called Brovn "the worst I've ever seen".
The 30-year-old All-Pro reported a full week's report on the team's injuries as questioned injuries to his knee. Despite the fact that head coach Mike Tomlin hinted that Brovnov's participation on Sunday was a decision to play, he did not finish knee testing in warming up.
Brovn finished the season with 15 touchdowns in 15 games, leading the NFL and setting a record for the club. He recorded 104 entries for 1,297 yards.
Despite winning, Steelers finished as second-placed at AFC North at 9-6-1 behind Baltimore Ravens and missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.