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NFL notebook: Steelers Brown angered by losing

Sports Xchange
21 Sep 2018, 09:21 GMT+10

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown went on the offensive while meeting with reporters on Thursday.

Brown has been the center of attention this week, as he was seen venting in the direction of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during Pittsburgh's 42-37 setback to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection then offered a curious "trade me" response to a critical tweet from former Steelers public relation staffer Ryan Scarpino on social media the following day while failing to show up for work at the team facility.

Brown set the record straight on Thursday, saying that he doesn't want to be traded and attributed his anger during and after Sunday's game to the team's 0-1-1 start to the season.

"We were losing the game. We haven't won a game yet. I'm not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements that you guys (say I) make. I'm (angry). We're losing. We (stink)," the 30-year-old said.

"... I'm committed to this program, this organization, I'm fully here. I go to work every day, about my business and I don't take it for granted. My business is winning here, I come here to win. When we ain't winning, you're damn right I'm (angry)."

--Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed concern that his ailing left knee will only get worse as the season goes along.

"Yeah, obviously that's a concern," the 34-year-old Rodgers said. "Hopefully it goes the other way though."

Rodgers, who did not practice on Thursday, initially was injured in the first half of Green Bay's season-opening 24-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9. The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and six-time Pro Bowl selection wore a large brace on his left knee during Sunday's 29-29 tie against the Minnesota Vikings, a game in which Rodgers completed 30 of 42 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown.

"Obviously it won't be 100 percent, so I'll just adjust accordingly to how I'm feeling and try to get through," Rodgers said. "It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery. Obviously, I'd love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there's some factors that are out of my control."

--Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did not practice again due to a hamstring injury.

Cook, who missed most of his rookie season in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL, rushed for only 38 yards in 10 carries in last week's 29-29 tie with Green Bay.

If Cook is unable to go in Sunday's game against the visiting Buffalo Bills, Latavius Murray would get the start. Murray has 15 carries for 61 yards in the first two games.

Cook suffered knee injury in Week 4 a year ago. He was brought along slowly in the preseason and appeared in only one game, rushing for one yard on two carries.

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