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Ex-Raider Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual assault probe

Ex-Raider Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual assault probe

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown was released by the Patriots on Friday.

Brown is facing a federal lawsuit from his former trainer, Britney Taylor and has also been accused of sexual misconduct by his former artist who he sent menacing text messages to Thursday. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to answer questions about Brown's on-going off-field issues Friday, and the Patriots cut the star receiver shortly thereafter. 

Brown agreed to terms with New England merely hours after he was released by the Raiders on Sept. 7. He made his Patriots debut last Sunday against the Dolphins, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. 

The federal lawsuit filed in Florida and the ensuing allegations of sexual misconduct are the latest twists in an offseason that has been filled with numerous turns related to Brown. He only arrived in New England after procuring his release from the Raiders, which occurred following a helmet-related holdout, frostbitten feet and an altercation with Oakland's general manager, Mike Mayock.

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The lawsuit, first reported by the New York Times, alleges that Brown sexually assaulted Taylor on three occasions, twice in June 2017 and once in May 2018. Darren Heitner, Brown's lawyer, said his client "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit" in a lengthy statement. Brown reportedly intends to countersue Taylor for civil extortion, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Raiders injury report: Hunter Renfrow could return later this season

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Raiders injury report: Hunter Renfrow could return later this season

ALAMEDA – Hunter Renfrow injured his ribs and punctured his lung during a Week 12 loss to the New York Jets, a scary situation that put the rest of his season in some jeopardy.

The Raiders couldn’t say for sure if he’d finish out his rookie season, where he made steady progress and ranked high among quarterback Derek Carr’s most reliable targets.

He didn’t play last week against Kansas City and won’t play Sunday against Tennessee at Oakland Coliseum, but could well come back down the stretch.

“We’re hopeful that he could return for the last game or two,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “We’re going to keep him on the active roster. We’ll do without him for another game or two, and we’re hoping to get him back for the Chargers game [in Week 16]. That’s on our wish list, our hope list right now for Hunter. We miss him.”

Renfrow wasn’t active on Wednesday, according to a practice estimation from the team. The Silver and Black conducted a walk-through session off-site, on a basketball court in Alameda to avoid inclement weather. The focus is teaching and the mental side of the game.

“We have made some adjustments to our roster, so we have gone inside to try to multiply our reps for a lot of people that we have to get ready to play,” Gruden said. “There are pros and cons to everything. I like to get a lot of reps in on Wednesday to teach the game plan and make sure they’re sound in their assignments. It’s not at the same speed, but it’s an important part of learning, especially the changes we have had at several positions.

“I think it has been beneficial. We’ll come out and run fast Thursday and Friday and get ready for the Titans.”

Running back Josh Jacobs was considered out on the team’s practice estimation with a shoulder injury. Right guard Trent Brown was considered a non-participant with a pectoral injury. He has been dealing with knee and ankle injuries in recent weeks.

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Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

NOTE: The Raiders conducted a walk-through practice on Wednesday. Therefore, the participation report is an estimation.

Raiders' Derek Carr lauds Josh Jacobs' ability to play through pain

Raiders' Derek Carr lauds Josh Jacobs' ability to play through pain

ALAMEDA -- Josh Jacobs has been playing through pain. The Raiders running back has been limited for several practice weeks with a shoulder injury, but a visual posted on his Instagram Stories and Snapchat made it real.

He showed a photo of his shoulder iced and in a sling following his Snapchat post of a placard stating he fractured it way back in Week 7.

"His shoulder’s hurt. I didn’t know,” quarterback Derek Carr said with a smile.

Jacobs hasn’t missed a game -- he didn’t even miss a series after injuring the joint while trucking Green Bay’s Adrian Amos -- since that time and continues to violently run and produce at an efficient clip.

He exceeded 1,000 yards Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, with his fifth 100-plus performance. Then it was right back to rest and rehab so he can play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum.

These efforts have impressed Raiders fans and teammates alike during a 2019 campaign where he’s a frontrunner to be Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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“When I have said that he’s special, I’m including things like that, which I knew about and you all didn’t,” Carr said. Everybody is playing with some ailment at this point, and I’m sure it’s all listed on the injury report. Josh is special because football means a lot to him.

“I have been around people before who have had injuries where I think, ‘I wish they would’ve played through that.’ If Josh wasn’t able to play, I would completely understand considering what he’s dealing with. That he keeps suiting up and going out there and running with the style he runs with -- I don’t think enough can be said about that guy.”