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NFL Rumors: Patriots practicing as if Antonio Brown will play vs. Miami

NFL Rumors: Patriots practicing as if Antonio Brown will play vs. Miami

If the NFL plans on disciplining Antonio Brown due to the allegations against him for sexual assault and rape, they have not yet informed the Patriots.

There has been no indication from the league they will prevent Brown from playing in Sunday's game in Miami, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That being the case, the Patriots are practicing as if the newly-acquired wide receiver will be active.

“There’s been no decision from the league about Antonio Brown’s playing status," Rapoport said. "And if you look at — as (Mike) Giardi mentioned — what the Patriots have done, he was on the practice field getting ready on Wednesday as if he was playing. He was on the practice field today Thursday getting ready as if he is playing. If there is nothing from the league — and I have received no indication right now that there definitely will be — then it would make sense that he would go out there and play unless there is something football-wise that would keep him off the field.

“Maybe the Patriots don’t feel he’s ready to pick up the gameplan or cannot contribute. Either way, no one has ruled it out yet, but barring something unforeseen, it’s moving in the direction of Antonio Brown being on the field Sunday amid everything that we’ve been talking about earlier and over the past couple days.”

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Brown wore a No. 1 jersey during his first day of Patriots practice on Wednesday, then a No. 17 jersey on Thursday. It's unknown to this point whether No. 17 will be Brown's number if and when he takes the field for Sunday's game.

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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins picks Patriots' Julian Edelman as favorite player in NFL

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins picks Patriots' Julian Edelman as favorite player in NFL

DeAndre Hopkins knows talent when he sees it.

The Houston Texans wide receiver is among the best -- if not the best -- in the game right now. But even he can't help but admire Julian Edelman's game from afar.

Hopkins recently raved about the New England Patriots' veteran wide receiver to ESPN's Sarah Barshop.

“[Edelman] always has a knack for getting the extra four or five yards,” Hopkins said. “He’s one of my favorite receivers in the NFL because of that. Because he keeps the chains moving.”

Jesse Palmer of NFL Network explained how Hopkins studied Edelman over the offseason:

Over the last ten seasons, Edelman has consistently served as Brady's security blanket on third down. While he may not have the name recognition of a wideout like Hopkins, it's easy to see why the Texans star singled out the Super Bowl MVP.

Hopkins has 47 first downs on his 75 catches this season, tied for second-most in the NFL with Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans and only trailing Saints WR Michael Thomas.

Looks like studying Edelman's game paid dividends.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Patriots or the Cowboys America's team?

That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Patriots or the Cowboys America's team?

Shanda, Leroy and Cerrone bring you the hottest topics in Boston Sports right now. If you were Kraft, would you take Antonio Brown back? Let's be honest about who America's team REALLY is. Is the rest of the world getting a glimpse of the Celtics' true potential?

3:00 - If you were in Robert Kraft’s shoes, would you take back Antonio Brown?

9:30 - Cerrone brings you his ‘Cold cuts and hot takes’ where he breaks down who really is America’s team. Is it the Patriots or the Cowboys?

20:00 - Shanda sounds off: Bill Russell finally accepts Basketball Hall of Fame ring

24:00 - Reacting to Terrell Owens confronting Stephen A. Smith over Colin Kaepernick

28:00 - Did this Celtics West Coast trip prove to the doubters that the Celtics are legit?

32:00 - Players Call, we give a shout out to people who deserve some love.

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