AJ Brown Pulls Shocking Social Media Stunt Days Before Wild Card Game

As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for Monday's Wild Card matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR AJ Brown has deleted all mentions of the team from his Instagram page.
Will A.J. Brown's social media stunt be a distraction for the Philadelphia Eagles on NFL Super Wild Card Weekend?
Will A.J. Brown's social media stunt be a distraction for the Philadelphia Eagles on NFL Super Wild Card Weekend? / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles would prefer not to have any unnecessary distractions as they prepare for Monday's NFC Wild Card meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, it looks like the franchise might have to deal with some unwanted noise courtesy of one of the team's best players.

On Friday, wide receiver A.J. Brown deleted all Eagles-related mentions and posts from his Instagram page. Naturally, the fanbase is desperately trying to figure out exactly what led to the 26-year-old's decision.

On one hand, everything being deleted could mean nothing. Players have to deal with a ton of pressure during the playoffs, meaning it could be entirely possible that Brown deleted all Eagles mentions to keep himself locked in for the postseason.

At the same time, the situation occurs just a few weeks after it was reported that Brown was clashing and frustrated with Philadelphia's coaching staff. Although the ex-Mississippi product set the record straight last week by saying that he has a "great relationship" with head coach Nick Sirianni, some fans are bound to see the deleted posts as proof of a growing rift between staff and player.

Regardless of why he deleted his Instagram posts, the Eagles need Brown to be 100% focused for the playoffs. Although he was one of the team's best players throughout the regular season, he — along with the entire offense — slowed down in the second half.

In the last six games, Brown recorded 33 catches for 406 receiving yards without a touchdown. That's better production than most wideouts are capable of, however, it's underwhelming given that he posted a 73-1,050-7 stat line through his first 11 appearances.

Having said that, he is dealing with a knee injury that's kept him out of practice this week, leaving time to tell if he'll be healthy enough come Monday.

Hopefully, the Eagles and Brown can sweep this Instagram situation under the rug before playing a distraction-free game in Tampa. As of Friday, the Eagles are favored by a field goal to defeat the Buccaneers on Monday.

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