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Helmet manufacturer ends relationship with Patriots' WR Antonio Brown

Helmet manufacturer ends relationship with Patriots' WR Antonio Brown

It looks like Antonio Brown is going to have to find a new helmet... again.

Xenith, the company that manufactures the current helmet Brown wears, has decided to end its relationship with the New England Patriots wide receiver. 

“We look forward to seeing the Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall,” the company said, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

The announcement comes just three days after Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in a civil lawsuit. Although Brown, signed Saturday by New England hours after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, is still eligible to play for the Patriots on Sunday, coach Bill Belichick has not revealed whether the star would suit up in Miami against the Dolphins. 

Now the question is, will Brown be able to find a new helmet before Sunday? He was extremely picky when it came to choosing a new helmet in his short tenure with the Raiders, and was visibly upset when the NFL turned down two grievances he filed seeking to continue wearing his old one.

When he switched to the new helmet, Xenith sent a now-deleted tweet announcing it.

One thing's for sure, with all the drama surrounding him lately, the last thing the Patriots' need is for Brown to blow a gasket over a helmet. At his first practice with the Patriots, Brown was seen wearing the old Schutt Air Advantage helmet that the NFL no longer allows.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.