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Eric Reid's dangerous hit to Ben Watson's head sends Patriots TE to locker room

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Eric Reid's dangerous hit to Ben Watson's head sends Patriots TE to locker room

FOXBORO -- New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson was slow to get up late in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game at Gillette Stadium after taking a late hit to the head.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid came in after Watson had already been tackled and threw a shoulder that appeared to make contact with Watson's head. 

Here's a look at the play:

Watson sat up on the ground for a few moments before walking off the field under his own power with his helmet off. He went to the locker room shortly after, where he likely will be checked for a possible concussion.

Reid's hit was over the line in any setting, and especially a preseason game.

It's not the first time we've seen this kind of hit from him, either. Reid has a history of going overboard with egregious hits. He was ejected from a game last November for a head hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Earlier in the 2018 season, Reid tackled Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz well after a hanfoff and then did what looked like a wrestling move on tight end Zach Ertz.

The Patriots are a bit thin at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski in March. Watson will miss the first four games of the upcoming regular season due to a failed drug test.

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Patriots vs. Jets Week 3 inactives: Marcus Cannon, several rookies active for Pats

Patriots vs. Jets Week 3 inactives: Marcus Cannon, several rookies active for Pats

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots host the New York Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where the defending Super Bowl champs will aim to extend their win streak against the struggling AFC East club to seven games.

The Patriots will be getting some reinforcements in Week 3.

Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is active for the Patriots, which is an encouraging sign. He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 and missed Week 2 because of it. Running back Damien Harris and defensive back Joejuan Williams both are active for the first time as rookies. Rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers also is back in the lineup after not playing in Week 2.

Running back James White will miss the game to be with his wife. They are expecting the birth of their first child. Fullback James Develin was ruled out Friday with a neck injury. Ryan Izzo is the lone tight end active for the Patriots with Matt LaCosse inactive.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

James White, RB
James Develin, FB 
Shilique Calhoun, LB
Matt LaCosse, TE
Caleb Benenoch, OL
Nate Ebner, S
Korey Cunningham, OL 

NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

Sam Darnold, QB
Demaryius Thomas, WR
John Franklin-Myers, DL
Quinnen Williams, DL
Jordan Jenkins, OLB
Jordan Willis, OLB
C.J. Mosley, LB

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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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