Adam Schefter on GHS predicts Antonio Brown will be at Patriots practice Wednesday

Ryan Hannable
September 11, 2019 - 8:35 am

After Antonio Brown was officially signed by the Patriots Monday, his first official appearance as a member of the team was slated for Wednesday at practice.

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But, now following a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape, there's a question of if he will actually be there?

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter believes that he will.

“The NFL has an investigation to conduct, and I guess the Patriots are going to defer the league,” Schefter said. “I would imagine when they go out to practice, Antonio Brown would be out there. Again, it’s a fluid situation, but I’d guess he’d be out there.” 

Schefter noted Tuesday night there's a chance Brown could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list, but he backed off that a bit Wednesday.

"I guess it's also possible, although it is a bit premature right now that the league could always place him on the commissioner's exempt list," he said. "In which case he would be on that list and it would be a situation where the league would be investigating it and he wouldn't play until the league could make a determination about what was right and was wrong. That's another option here. Talking to some people last night about that possibility, they thought it was a bit premature, but these things change quick and sometimes take unexpected turns."

Based on what we know as of now, it appears like Brown will be on the field Wednesday afternoon and if nothing changes he will be on the field Sunday in Miami.

The Patriots have deferred to the league on the matter.

“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives," the team said in a statement Tuesday night. "We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”

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