While Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin decided not to suspend star wideout Antonio Brown for the team's AFC Championship game versus the New England Patriots this Sunday over his public airing of recorded football from the locker room after the win over the Kansas City Chiefs, there are rumblings that such a move can be made at the start of the 2017 season. Reports are that Tomlin was downright beside himself with anger toward Brown over the release of the video that showed the coach speaking an expletive while addressing the team after the game and a team source said if it were the regular season, a suspension would have been a near certainty. Tomlin ultimately decided against hurting the entire team in such a high-stakes game in terms of a Brown suspension but Week 1 of 2017 is on the table reportedly.
Analysis: This would make sense as Brown violated the ultimate locker room rule of keeping things in house and Tomlin was seething in anger when addressing the media on Tuesday. A suspension of Brown for Week 1 would surely impact 2017 fantasy football drafts as it would take the receiver out of consideration for the top pick and make it a duel between David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, and Le'Veon Bell.