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NFL rumors: Raiders, Patriots didn't know about Antonio Brown lawsuit

NFL rumors: Raiders, Patriots didn't know about Antonio Brown lawsuit

If news of the civil sexual assault lawsuit filed against wide receiver Antonio Brown on Tuesday caught you by surprise, you reportedly have something in common with the Raiders and Patriots.

Representatives for Brown and his former trainer Britney Taylor were in discussions over the last few months, but agreed that those discussions would remain confidential before Taylor's lawsuit was filed, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Thursday citing sources. Consequently, ESPN's source suggests there's no way the Raiders and Patriots could have known about the pending lawsuit ahead of time unless there was a breach of confidentiality.

In a team statement Tuesday night, the Patriots said they "take these allegations very seriously," and confirmed the NFL will be investigating. When asked Wednesday if the Raiders knew about the federal lawsuit ahead of time, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that if they want to ask about Brown, they "can call his employer."

Taylor's lawsuit alleges that Brown sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions, twice in June 2017 and once in May 2018. She reportedly has a meeting with the NFL scheduled for next week to discuss the matter, and Brown is expected to meet with the league at some point as well.

In the meantime, the NFL has the option of placing Brown on the commissioner's exempt list, which would bar him from being on New England's active list while still getting paid.

[RELATED: Gruden wishes Pats 'good luck' with AB in final word on saga]

One high-ranking team official reportedly told Fowler that players aren't obligated to notify teams about civil cases before signing free-agent contracts. Once it rises to the level of a criminal case, however, it becomes a different story.

Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.

It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.

By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.

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Why Raiders' Derek Carr is so excited to work with rookie receivers

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Why Raiders' Derek Carr is so excited to work with rookie receivers

The joined-at-the-hip nature of the quarterback-coach relationship sometimes means the quarterback being privy to the thought process of the coach. So it was in the days leading up to last April’s draft when Raiders coach Jon Gruden looped in Derek Carr on a pair of prospects the Raiders were targeting.

He said, ‘Look, I like this guy and I like that guy.’ ” Carr remembers Gruden telling him the day before the draft.

It was Carr’s first introduction to Alabama’s Henry Ruggs and South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards, two dynamic college wide receivers Carr would soon be calling teammates.

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