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Report: Antonio Brown rape lawsuit 'caught Patriots by surprise'

Report: Antonio Brown rape lawsuit 'caught Patriots by surprise'

The Patriots were just as shocked as everyone else by the sexual assault and rape lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown on Tuesday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New England was "caught by surprise" and "will have to decide how to proceed" with their newly-signed wide receiver.

Also noted in Schefter's piece is the possibility Roger Goodell could place Brown on the commissioner's exempt list -- preventing Brown from being on the active roster -- while the NFL investigates the allegations.

Brown was officially signed by the Patriots on Monday after being released by the Raiders over the weekend. The 31-year-old spent nine seasons with the Steelers before being traded to Oakland and eventually requesting his release.

The Patriots released an official statement on the matter, but the NFL has yet to officially comment on the allegations against Brown.

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Julian Edelman reacts to Patriots' win over Eagles with perfect tweet

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Julian Edelman reacts to Patriots' win over Eagles with perfect tweet

Julian Edelman delivered the knockout punch during the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

The Pats wide receiver and former Kent State quarterback tossed New England's only touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter. It's the first time a Patriot not named Tom Brady has led the team in touchdown passes in a game during the Brady era.

Edelman reacted to the victory with a perfect tweet after the game, channeling his inner Rocky Balboa.

No. 11 finished with five receptions and 53 yards to go along with the TD through the air.

Next up for the Patriots (9-1) is a matchup vs. the Cowboys (6-4) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Julian Edelman becomes first Patriots player to accomplish this feat in Tom Brady era

Julian Edelman becomes first Patriots player to accomplish this feat in Tom Brady era

Julian Edelman led the New England Patriots in touchdown passes during Sunday's 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Yes, you read that right.

A wide receiver led the team in touchdown passes during a game in which starting quarterback Tom Brady played every offensive snap. This result sounds quite surprising, and that's because it actually had never been seen in the 19-plus seasons Brady has played for the Patriots.

Check out this note from ESPN Stats & Info:

Here's a look at Edelman's 15-yard touchdown pass to fellow wideout Phillip Dorsett:

Edelman was a quarterback in college for Kent State, and he's actually enjoyed plenty of success throwing the ball in the NFL (in a small sample size, of course).

Brady had a pretty rough Week 11. His 14 first-half incompletions were the most of his career, and he finished with 26 completions on 47 attempts for 216 yards with zero touchdowns and no interceptions. In fairness to Brady, four of his pass-catchers Sunday either had very little experience in the offense (wideouts Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers) or haven't played in it for a long time (tight end Ben Watson).

The Patriots have never been afraid to go into their bag of trick plays when not much is working offensively, and it sure help to have a wide receiver like Edelman who can throw accurate passes when called on.

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