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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

Either Brian Flores' music selection at Tuesday's practice was a wild coincidence, or the Dolphins head coach pulled an ultimate troll move.

Flores, formerly the Patriots' linebackers coach, played eight straight Jay-Z songs to begin practice in what seemed to be a response to Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills' recent criticism of the rapper. Stills has been outspoken about Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL along with his comment that he's "moved past kneeling" as a protest of racial inequality and police brutality.

That certainly doesn't appear to be an accident. If it indeed was intentional, you have to wonder about what Flores' intentions were with the playlist. Motivation? A harmless joke?

Whatever it was, Stills apparently knew about the selection of Jay-Z tracks in advance. 

Even if it was meant as a joke, many players around the league probably aren't laughing. Kneeling or not, the message sent by Stills and others who protest racial injustices remains incredibly important.

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NFL rumors: Antonio Brown filing grievance vs. Patriots to get $10M in guaranteed money

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown filing grievance vs. Patriots to get $10M in guaranteed money

An off-the-field battle between the New England Patriots and recently released wide receiver Antonio Brown appears to be brewing. 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that Brown is filing a grievance against the Pats to get the $10 million in guaranteed money that was in his contract.

The Patriots released Brown on Friday.

The 31-year-old wideout is dealing with multiple off-the-field situations. 

A civil suit was filed last week in Florida accusing Brown of rape and sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed by Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor. Brown has denied the allegations through his lawyer. The NFL is investigating the allegations made in the civil suit, and the league reportedly met with Taylor on Monday. A report from Sports Illustrated was published late Thursday night alleging Brown sent intimidating texts to a woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. The league reportedly is investigating this alleged event as well.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran provided further insight Sunday morning into Brown's contract and the money involved. 

Brown took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal he's not playing in the NFL anymore. He also took a shot at Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The wide receiver's Twitter tirade isn't likely to sit well with Kraft.

The Patriots no longer employ Brown, but it doesn't sound like he will cease being a distraction for the team anytime soon.

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Patriots' James White to miss Week 3 vs. Jets to be with wife for birth of child

Patriots' James White to miss Week 3 vs. Jets to be with wife for birth of child

New England Patriots running back James White will miss Sunday's Week 3 game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium so he can be with his wife as they prepare for the birth of their first child.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported White's status Sunday morning.

The Patriots likely will devote a larger part of the game plan to Rex Burkhead in White's absence. Burkhead has seven receptions for a team-leading (among running backs) 88 yards this season, and he should continue to play a meaningful role in the passing game with White out.

Sony Michel will continue to start at running back and receive the bulk of the carries. Michel tallied 183 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Jets last season.

Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 22.5-point favorites Sunday.

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