Antonio Brown is a New England Patriot. Yes, you read that right.
Disbelief is turning into a reality for football fans across the country. The reigning super bowl champs add one of the league’s stars — coupled with his off-the-field drama — for the 2019 football season.
Given the timing of when the deal was signed, Brown won’t be able to join the Patriots for their season opener on Sunday. New England plays the Steelers on NBC Sports prime-time game.
It was anticipated Brown would be on the sideline with his new team. Doing so would also give him a chance to reunite with former Steelers teammates. Brown spent the majority of his career with Pittsburgh. But it appears that won’t be the case.
“He’s not officially a member of the team so he is not allowed to be with or around the team,” said a league spokesman, via Ian Rapoport.
So Brown will have to wait to join the team for a game until next week when the Patriots play the Dolphins. Brown’s first game at Gillette Stadium will be the following week against the New York Jets.
Can new #Patriots WR Antonio Brown be on the sidelines tomorrow? No. “He’s not officially a member of the team so he is not allowed to be with or around the team,” per a league spokesman.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2019
The Patriots have quite the trio of starting receivers after adding Brown. New England will also utilize Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman.
New England and Pittsburgh are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC on Sunday.