New England Patriots

Sep 11, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown warms up during practice at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

There will be no disciplinary decisions on Antonio Brown this week.

As first reported by the Dan Patrick Show¬†on Friday and later confirmed by Adam Schefter, Brown will not be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list in Week 2, making him eligible to play for the Patriots on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Brown is only facing a civil lawsuit and no criminal charges, so the NFL ostensibly does not want to set the precedent of putting a player on the exempt list over mere accusations.

Brown is accused of rape and sexual assault over three different incidents in the civil lawsuit levied against him by his former trainer, Britney Taylor. She is expected to meet with the NFL next week as the league opens an investigation into the allegations.

But for now, Brown can suit up for the Patriots on Sunday if head coach Bill Belichick wants to activate him. It took two weeks for Josh Gordon to play after the Patriots acquired him from the Browns in 2018. Brown practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, a strong indication that he will be active.

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