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NFL rumors: Patriots players, coaches would welcome Antonio Brown back

NFL rumors: Patriots players, coaches would welcome Antonio Brown back

In the NFL, as long as you can play, you will be welcomed back no matter your past transgressions (unless you're Colin Kaepernick). It appears that rule, one as old as time, also applies to Antonio Brown.

The former Raiders and Patriots receiver has been out of the NFL since New England released him prior to Week 3, but the star receiver's time in New England might not be over, as players and coaches would welcome the four-time All-Pro back to New England, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning, citing league sources. 

Per La Canfora, the decision ultimately will be made by owner Robert Kraft, who Brown insulted following his release. The six-time Pro Bowler later apologized to Kraft and the Patriots in a tweet, but it's unclear how that message was received. 

Brown's former trained Britney Taylor filed a federal civil lawsuit against the receiver alleging he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions. Brown also sent threatening text messages to an anonymous woman who told Sports Illustrated the receiver made unwanted sexual advances towards her. After those texts came to light, the Patriots cut ties with Brown. 

The NFL still is investigating Brown's misconduct and while no team is prohibited from signing him, most clubs would like to wait until a decision on Brown's future has been made before bringing him into the building.

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From a Patriots perspective, Brady and the offense have struggled in recent weeks. Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett have been banged up, while Josh Gordon was released and later signed with the Seahawks.

Brown and Brady were on the same page during his lone game with the Patriots, and there's no doubt the 42-year-old would like to have a dynamic weapon as he looks to win his seventh Super Bowl.

Even if Brown returns to the NFL this season, it won't be to wear Silver and Black after he burned every bridge imaginable on his way out and then asked quarterback Derek Carr to send the Rolex Brown gave him to Brady.

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

The Raiders badly need a win Sunday at home against the Titans.

But Vegas and several NFL experts aren't on Oakland's side.

Despite the game being played at the Coliseum, the Raiders are underdogs according to most oddsmakers.

With a win over the Titans, the Raiders will keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss gives Jon Gruden's team almost no chance of reaching the postseason.

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Line

Caesars: Titans -3 (-105)
Consensus: Titans -3 (-106)
Westgate: Titans -2.5 (-120)
Wynn: Titans -2.5 (-120)

Predictions

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Raiders 23, Titans 21
Turron Davenport, ESPN.com: Titans 24, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Titans 27, Raiders 13
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 23, Titans 20
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Titans 27, Raiders 17

Raiders vs. Titans live stream: How to watch Week 14 NFL game online

Raiders vs. Titans live stream: How to watch Week 14 NFL game online

Each of the last four games of the season are important for the Raiders (6-6), but Sunday's clash with the Titans (7-5) is vital to keeping their playoff hopes alive.

If the Raiders lose Sunday, the final three games might not be as important.

At the moment, Oakland's postseason odds sit at 7 percent. A win boosts their odds to 15 percent, but a loss would give the Raiders just a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Entering Sunday's game at the Oakland Coliseum, the Titans hold the No. 7 seed in the AFC while the Raiders are No. 8, so the contest will have serious implications on the playoff race.

The Raiders' offense took a big hit Friday when star right tackle Trent Brown was ruled out due to a pectoral injury. On defense, Jon Gruden and Co. need to make sure they slow down Tennessee running back Derrick Henry in order to have a chance to win.

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Here's how to watch the Raiders-Titans Week 14 clash on TV and online:

Start time: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:25 p.m. PT
TV Channel: CBS
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial