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Redskins vs. Steelers: Antonio Brown backwards run was 'not respectable,' Mike Tomlin says

In his weekly press conference Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called out punt returner Antonio Brown for his antics Saturday during the 27-12 win against the Redskins.

With Pittsburgh leading 27-9 late in the third quarter, Brown fielded a punt and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown. He turned around and ran the last 20 yards backward into the end zone, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Steelers were also called for a block in the back, which negated the play.

Tomlin addressed the incident Tuesday, saying he had discussed it with his team:

"I not only spoke to Antonio, but I spoke to our team about it," Tomlin said. "Briefly, simply what I said is that it was not respectable."

Tomlin went on to describe Brown as a player with good character and the play as an out-of-the-ordinary misstep:

"Those of us that know Antonio and watch him work on a day to day basis, if one word describes him professionally, it's respectable."

Next up for the Steelers is a road date at the New York Giants Sunday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.

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