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NFL rumors: WR Justin Hunter to work out with Patriots, several other teams

NFL rumors: WR Justin Hunter to work out with Patriots, several other teams

The New England Patriots will be among the teams to work out wide receiver Justin Hunter as Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season approaches.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that Hunter will have workouts with several clubs, mostly from the AFC.

Hunter was a second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2013 but has battled injury throughout his career. He has missed 20 games over the last two seasons, and he's played more than 12 matchups in just one of his six NFL seasons. Hunter tallied seven receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in 12 games for the Steelers over the last two years. He has career totals of 85 receptions, 1,349 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Patriots all of a sudden are deep at wide receiver with Josh Gordon getting reinstated from his suspension and Demaryius Thomas returning to practice after suffering a torn Achilles injury in December. New England doesn't have a ton of deep threats at the position, however, so Hunter's skill set certainly is intriguing. 

The Patriots will conclude their preseason schedule next Thursday when they host the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. New England opens its Super Bowl title defense Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Antonio Brown thanks Patriots, tells them to #GoWinIt on social media after his release

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Antonio Brown thanks Patriots, tells them to #GoWinIt on social media after his release

The Antonio Brown era in New England lasted just a single game.

The wide receiver was released by the Patriots on Friday.

report from Sports Illustrated was posted late Thursday night alleging Brown has sent intimidating texts to a woman who's accused him of sexual misconduct. It's the most recent of several negative stories about Brown's actions away from football. 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, through his lawyer, has denied the allegations.

The Patriots made the right decision in releasing Brown. He wasn't worth the distraction as they attempt to defend their Super Bowl title and win what would be a record seventh Lombardi Trophy.

Brown posted a few photos on Instagram and sent out several tweets amid the news of his release Friday afternoon. He thanked the Patriots for the opportunity and told them to #GoWinIt, presumably referring to Super Bowl LIV.

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The Patriots host the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in their Week 3 matchup Sunday.

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Antonio Brown released by Patriots after two weeks with team

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Antonio Brown released by Patriots after two weeks with team

Antonio Brown's brief tenure with the New England Patriots has come to an end.

The Patriots released the controversial wide receiver after two weeks with the team. Brown took to Twitter to thank the organization for the opportunity.

Shortly after Brown posted his tweet, the team released the following statement:

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

Along with his tweet, Brown expressed his gratitude for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Instagram.

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Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit on Sept. 11. On Friday morning, intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers were leaked to the public. The NFL reportedly is currently investigating those messages.

In Brown's one game with New England, the 31-year-old notched four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

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