Report: Antonio Brown Travels with Patriots Ahead of Expected Debut vs. Dolphins

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2019

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown traveled with the team Saturday ahead of its road game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Michael Giardi.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Brown is expected to play, but Pro Football Talk noted that making the trip doesn't guarantee that he will suit up Sunday.

Brown began practicing with the team Wednesday after signing a one-year deal with a team option for 2020 the previous Saturday.

The seven-time Pro Bowler's status had been called into question because he is under NFL investigation after his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a civil lawsuit against him Tuesday alleging that he sexually assaulted her on three occasions, per TMZ.

Brown was let go by the Oakland Raiders on September 7 after publicly asking to be released on his Instagram account. That followed a whirlwind tenure with the team that started to unravel when Brown was fined for missing practice time and a walkthrough and went public with his dismay regarding the discipline.

The 31-year-old wideout reportedly also got into a verbal confrontation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in the wake of the initial fine. After apologizing for his actions and appearing set to play in the team's opener, Brown was fined for the Mayock confrontation and had almost $30 million in guaranteed money voided from his contract. That led to Brown's public demand and ultimately his release from the team before he ever played a game.

Brown, who has registered at least 100 receptions, 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the past six seasons, gives quarterback Tom Brady another big-time weapon.

Even without Brown in the lineup last week, Brady lit up the Pittsburgh Steelers for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-3 win. Those numbers could get even better in Week 2 against a Miami team that was throttled 59-10 in Week 1 by the Baltimore Ravens.

If Brown does play, he will give Brady another deep threat along with Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett, who each caught touchdowns in Week 1.

Brown playing in Week 2 likely wouldn't impact Edelman much from a fantasy perspective since he is Brady's preferred option out of the slot, but Gordon and Dorsett fantasy owners will have to adjust accordingly.

It can be tough to predict who will produce from one week to the next in an offense as deep and potent as New England's, but if Brown appears in his first game for the Patriots against the Dolphins on Sunday, there is seemingly a good chance that he will put up big numbers in his hometown of Miami.

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