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Breer: 'No way of knowing' what's next for Antonio Brown

Breer: 'No way of knowing' what's next for Antonio Brown

Since coming to the New England Patriots, Antonio Brown's status with the team has been in limbo. Shortly after he was signed to a one-year deal following his release from the Oakland Raiders, Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit which has led to speculation that he could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

Brown played for the Patriots in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins but in the lead up to Week 3, his accuser met with the NFL regarding her allegations against Brown. And that has led to a lot of uncertainty surrounding him. In addition to that meeting, more accusations against Brown have been levied which has further clouded what his standing in the eyes of the NFL might be.

While Brown is reportedly still eligible to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets, his status will need to be monitored on a week-to-week basis.

In a recent appearance on Boston Sports Tonight, The MMQB's Albert Breer stated that there's "no way of knowing" what could happen next in the Brown saga.

I have no way of knowing. I mean, I'll be honest with you, you track this case close enough and we don't know what's happening next. And I can just tell you guys, you know, generally people sort of start to come out of the woodwork. That's what happened with that lawsuit coming out now. All of a sudden, there's a second woman that was in the story (Sports Illustrated) did over the course of the last month. That could embolden a third person, a fourth person, a fifth person to come forward, so there's no way of really knowing where this is going.

Breer also outlined that Brown could still be placed on the commissioner's exempt list despite the lawsuit being of the civil variety.

I think the mistake that everybody's making is just pointing to this and saying because it's a civil case, he won't end up on the exempt list. That is not true. This is about the credibility of the accusation. Right now, it hasn't risen to the level where they would put him on the exempt list.

Breer would go on to explain that there is a precedent for a player going on the exempt list despite not dealing with criminal charges. Kareem Hunt was placed on the exempt list in 2018 and suspended for eight games this season after a video of him assaulting a woman was made public. So, if Roger Goodell deems the accusation is credible, he has "the discretion to take (Brown) off the field", as Breer noted.

The situation surrounding Brown will continue to develop over the course of the coming weeks. But there is no more clarity about his status with the Patriots than there was the day that the accusation was made public.

To see everything that Breer had to say about the Brown situation, watch the video above or click here.

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Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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