Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wasn't around to see his team celebrate its Wild Card Round victory over the Cincinnati Bengals because he was suffering from a concussion as the result of a nasty late hit from linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
The Bengals had every chance to win the game, but a late fumble and two personal fouls, including Burfict's hit on Brown, cost them the game.
Brown spoke out about the Bengals on Thursday, and he didn't hold back, per Pittsburgh's 97.3 The Fan (h/t Will Brinson of CBS Sports).
"I feel like guys don't want to stop me no more," Brown said. "They want to take me out. They want to kill. They want to steal my dreams. They want to ruin me. They want to end me. We're not going to let them. We're going to win more."
There is no love lost between the AFC North rivals, as Cincinnati cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones went on The Dan Patrick Show (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) and accused Brown of faking the concussion to draw a penalty.
Jones later said if Brown didn't play the next week against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, he would publicly apologize. When the Steelers ruled Brown out, Jones eventually did so via Instagram:
Brown wasn't satisfied.
"The guy texted me. No reply," Brown said, per 93.7 The Fan. "I don't even know why people give him a platform to say something. Ridiculous. I didn't have a chance. Doctor Collins did a great job of taking precautions and making sure I was healthy, which was key."
Brown's 136 receptions led the NFL for the second straight season, and his 1,834 yards trailed only Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers, who were already without their top two running backs (Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams), could have used Brown against the Broncos.
That, along with his health being put at risk, had to infuriate Brown, and it's easy to see why he's not happy with the actions of the Cincinnati defenders.
With Burfict receiving a three-game suspension next season, plus the nearly $84,000 in fines the league handed out for penalties, the playoff game resulted in nearly $600,000 worth of fines.
When the two teams meet on the field next season, Brown should be healthy, which means Bengals defenders better beware.