Antonio Brown active for Patriots debut vs. Dolphins

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY
Published 11:30 a.m. ET Sept. 15, 2019 | Updated 11:33 a.m. ET Sept. 15, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYAntonio Brown is all clear to make his New England Patriots debut.The team listed the four-time all-pro wide receiver as active for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.The NFL opted not to place Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list after the receiver was accused of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. Britney Taylor, Brown’s accuser, is scheduled to meet with the NFL on Monday as the league investigates the matter.USA TODAY does not typically identify victims of sexual assault unless they decide to come forward publicly, as Taylor did.OPINION: Turns out the right thing is to let Antonio Brown play … pending further reviewMORE: Terry Bradshaw ‘I can’t stand players like Antonio Brown’, says he wouldn’t throw to himPatriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday did not reveal the team’s plans for Brown against the Dolphins, saying only that the seven-time Pro Bowl selection “has a long way to go” in acclimating to the offense.”Obviously, he’s not familiar with our offense,” Belichick said. “The systems that he’s been in have been quite different.”Brown was on the field for early warmups. Barefoot and with a hood pulled over his head, he spent much of the time in the end zone, stretching and doing plyometrics. At one point, Brown went to say hello to Chad Johnson, another receiver considered a reclamation project when he signed with the Patriots in 2011.Afterward, Brown put on a pair of headphones and did some balance exercises before heading back to the locker room.Brown signed with the Patriots on Monday after agreeing to terms with the team last Saturday, the same day he was released by the Oakland Raiders.Contributing: Nancy ArmourFollow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide