Despite all the controversy surrounding Antonio Brown, it sounds like the star wide receiver will be on the field this Sunday. Not only would it be his debut with the New England Patriots, it’d be the first time he plays for any team this season.
Brown is currently dealing with sexual assault and rape allegations, however, the NFL hasn’t suspended him yet.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that New England is planning to play him in Week 2 since he’s not facing league punishment.
“Antonio Brown is preparing to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins,” Rapoport said. “At this point there’s been nothing from the NFL to step in and say ‘Antonio Brown is not allowed to play.’ Generally with Bill Belichick, if you practice on Wednesday then you’re preparing to play.”
Unless the NFL puts Brown on the exempt list, the All-Pro wideout is eligible to play this weekend.
Here is the full report from Rapoport:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2019
Brown seems excited to finally see the field. On Thursday, he revealed he was at Tom Brady’s famous ‘TB12’ training facility in an Instagram live video.
New England and Miami kick off on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium. We’ll find out in the coming days if Brown will be active.