ESPN is reporting that Chad Ocho Cinco will not play in tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver has been deactivated for violating a team rule that team officials are refusing to disclose.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, however, is reporting that the team rule he violated may have something to do with this:
"Bengals play-by-play announcer Brad Johansen said on WCKY-AM today that Ocho Cinco told him that he overslept for an 8:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday. Johansen also said that Ocho Cinco told him that head coach Marvin Lewis told Ocho Cinco rules are rules."
There was also some chatter from NFL.com reporter Adam Schefter that Ocho Cinco "got into it last night with someone in the Cincinnati organization and left a team function."
Ocho Cinco's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Sports Center that his client is "not going to make this a controversy or a circus."
This, of course, would be a first for Ocho Cinco. Then again, if you're playing for a team that's currently 1-8-1, why bother making a stink in a stinky place?
AP is also reporting the story.