June 13, 2024

Four days before the team’s playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, A.J. Brown has played down any conflict he may have with the Philadelphia Eagles and their coaching staff. However, there are some questionable things that Brown has done.

On Friday, January 12, Brown erased all references to the Eagles from his Instagram and closed his X (formerly known as Twitter) account.

The Eagles, who began the season with a 10-1 record, lost five of their last six games and entered the postseason as the No. 5 seed in the NFC.

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Some of Brown’s colleagues have implied throughout the past month that the 26-year-old wide receiver, who is a star, is angry with head coach Nick Sirianni and the coaching staff because he chose not to speak with reporters following Philadelphia’s defeat to the Arizona Cardinals. On multiple plays throughout that game, Brown displayed obvious frustration.

“Any time you have bad body language from a leader like that, other guys see it, and it’s not good,” one senior player told Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

It’s always possible that Brown is attempting to concentrate on the game on Monday night and the Eagles’ upcoming postseason run.

But deleting any references to the Eagles from his Instagram page raises the possibility that serious problems are simmering between Brown and the franchise. Particularly considering that Brown last deleted the term “Tennessee” from his Twitter bio in 2022—the year he was dealt to Philadelphia.

rejecting rumors that he, head coach Nick Sirianni, or the other members of the coaching staff are at odds.

“I am a man,” Brown declared to the press. “I can speak for myself; in fact, I was anticipating seeing a reporter today who wrote a story claiming a veteran had mentioned me. I was going to ask them, ‘Who was the veteran?'” I try to be careful with what I say since, as a journalism major, I know that you guys will still write it up however you see fit. It is your responsibility.

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It remains to be seen if Brown is upset with the company or if things are really as peaceful as he claims. Brown may, however, have played his final snaps while wearing an Eagles uniform, at least for this campaign.

Brown was one of quarterback Jalen Hurts’ most favored and prolific targets this season, hauling in 106 passes for 1,456 yards and seven scores.

DeVonta Smith, meanwhile, is still recovering from an ankle injury that prevented him from playing in Philadelphia’s regular-season finale.

Fortunately for the Eagles, Smith was a full-participant during both Thursday and Friday’s sessions.

If Brown is unable to play, expect Smith, Julio Jones, and Quez Watkins to play bigger roles in the Eagles’ passing game against Tampa Bay.

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