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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

FOXBORO -- Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid says he wasn't trying to hurt Benjamin Watson when he delivered a late hit to the head of the New England Patriots tight end in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason matchup. Regardless of intent, the hit still knocked Watson out of the game.

"Just trying to stop him from getting a first down," Reid said of the play. "I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We'll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I'm just playing the game."

Reid was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play but remained in the game. He also noted the hit wasn't intentional, and that his head coach, Ron Rivera, confirmed the hit was late.

"I talked to Ron, he told me it was late," Reid said. "I'll look at the film. If Ron said it was late, I believe him."

Reid appeared to say something to Watson after the play. It turns out he was asking the veteran tight end if he was all right.

"I just asked him if he was OK, if he could stand up," Reid explained. "You hate to see somebody get hurt."

Watson called out Reid on Twitter earlier this week, but the Panthers safety said his hit Thursday night had nothing to do with the tight end's critical tweet.

"I didn't even know he tweeted me," Reid said. "That's not even something you process in a game. I'm not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I'm playing the game."

Reid's hit has no place in the game, especially in the preseason. Thursday's incident also wasn't the first time he's crossed the line. Reid was ejected from a game last November for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head area, and there are other instances where he went over the line in regards to late contact or hits to the head area.

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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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Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is a really good player, and he plays the game as hard as any defensive back in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, the league felt he went a little too far in Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Adams was fined $21,000 for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. He also was hit with a roughing the passer penalty on the play. Adams let everyone know exactly how he was feeling about the league's decision in a passionate tweet Wednesday night.

Warning: The following tweet contains NSFW language.

Adams and the Jets will play the rival New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, and you can bet the third-year safety will try to set a physical tone right from the get-go.

"Yeah, he's very aggressive, a physical player, a contact player, very aggressive in the running game," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters Wednesday when asked about Adams. "He's fast, he's a tough player. He's around the ball a lot, too. Similar to (C.J.) Mosley, different position but he gets involved in a lot of plays, plays with great effort, hustles all the time, has a great motor."

The Jets are heavy underdogs entering Week 3. Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 22.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning. Adams and the Jets defense will need to give an almost flawless performance to slow down Tom Brady's offense and earn a huge upset win.

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