Antonio Brown blames media ‘pressure’ for his absence from Steelers OTAs

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers may be the best wide receiver in the NFL.

He’s coming off an NFL-record fifth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions. But with that comes more than just respect from his peers and adulation from millions of football fans around the country.

Safety Stefan McClure, defensive tackle Christian Ringo and defensive tackle Toby Johnson all came up empty, as did Martin and tight end Luke Willson, who came close with two warning-track shots.

Rudock also hit an inside-the-park home run and helped turn a double play during the game to earn MVP honors. And he did it all with his last name misspelled as Ruddock on the back of his jersey — with the extra ‘D’ eventually being crossed out in marker.

… In an effort to avoid a Clay Matthews situation, a pitching machine was used during the home run derby and a protective net was placed in front of the mound during the game.

Matthews, the Green Bay Packers linebacker, was struck in the face by a line drive and broke his nose while pitching in a charity softball game last week.

Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds during a game on Nov. 1, 2015, at what was then the Edward Jones Dome, now known as the Dome at America’s Center. He slipped on a surface that the lawsuit dubbed the concrete ring of death, about 35 feet (11 meters) behind the 49ers’ bench.

Bush suffered a season-ending left knee injury. The lawsuit contended the injury undermined his earnings as a player for the rest of his career. He signed with Buffalo in 2016 and retired in 2017. Now 33, he works as an analyst for the NFL Network.

Reggie lost his ability to do what he loved, and to bargain for a contract that he worked his entire life for, Bush’s lawyer Tim Cronin said during closing statements. These players get chewed up. They only have so many chances.

Bush also sued public agencies that own and operate the dome, but a judge dismissed them from the suit last week after ruling that the team had control of game-day operations.

Just a week before Bush’s injury, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown slid across the same concrete stretch and injured his shoulder.

The concrete surface in the dome was covered with rubber padding two weeks after Bush was injured.

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