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Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for 'bad media and the drama'

Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for 'bad media and the drama'

Antonio Brown took to social media Tuesday to apologize to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The ex-Patriots wide receiver specifically mentioned the "bad media and the drama" he caused. Check out his full message — and the accompanying photo of him and Tom Brady — in the tweet below:

The same message and photo was posted to Brown's Instagram, and several Patriots players hit "like" on the post, including quarterback Tom Brady.

Brown was signed by the Patriots after their season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one game but was released before Week 3 after being the cause of multiple off-the-field distractions, including a civil lawsuit filed against him by his ex-trainer.

The 30-year-old wideout went on a tweetstorm less than two days after being released by the Patriots, and one of his tweets brought up Kraft's Orchids of Asia scandal from January. Brown eventually deleted those tweets. He also went on a profanity-laced rant earlier this month during which he tweeted he was "done" with the league.

Why would Brown apologize to Kraft now? Could he be trying to return to the Patriots? Maybe he just felt bad about what was said and wanted to publicly apologize? Whatever the case might be, the Patriots have continued to win plenty of games without Brown, but the offense has shown plenty of weaknesses since his lone appearance in Week 2.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.