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Antonio Brown can't make Patriots debut until Week 2 after reported contract

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Antonio Brown reportedly has agreed to sign with the New England Patriots, but the All-Pro wide receiver cannot make his debut for the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 1.

The Patriots open their 2019 NFL schedule on Sunday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Brown, however, isn't eligible to play for his new team (and against his former team) until Week 2.

ESPN's Field Yates explained why in a tweet posted Saturday soon after Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders.

The Patriots travel to south Florida to play the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

Brown tallied 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns in 15 games for the Steelers last season. His contract with the Patriots reportedly is for one year and worth up to $15 million.

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