Report: NFL to seriously consider placing Antonio Brown on paid leave

Report: NFL to seriously consider placing Antonio Brown on paid leave

Antonio Brown's debut with the New England Patriots may be placed on hold.

The NFL "will give serious consideration" to placing Brown on paid leave by putting him on the commissioner's exempt list, the Washington Post's Mark Maske reported Wednesday morning.

The Patriots wide receiver was accused of rape and sexual assault Tuesday night in a civil lawsuit filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in Florida. Brown has denied the allegations via his lawyer and reportedly plans to countersue Taylor.

The Patriots said in a statement Tuesday they're aware of the lawsuit and the league's plans to investigate, and it sounds like Brown's discipline may be out of their hands.

In an appearance Tuesday night on NBC Sports Boston's "Boston Sports Tonight," Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer also suggested the commissioner's exempt list could be a possibility for Brown based on how the league has handled similar cases.

"I think the first step is determining how credible the allegations are," Breer said. "And if they are credible, it would seem to me that this is what the commissioner's exempt list is for.

"If you want to go back to 2014 when Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy happened, it was sort of used as a tool to take any decision out of the team's hands and allow the league to investigate and the law enforcement process to take place."

Rice (arrested and charged with aggravated assault), Peterson (charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child) and Hardy (arrested for assault and communicating threats) all were placed on the commissioner's exempt list as the NFL investigated their cases.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Brown's accuser is planning to meet with the NFL next week.

A player placed on the commissioner's exempt list cannot practice or attend games but can attend meetings and be at the team's facility if the team allows.

It's unclear whether the NFL will make a decision on Brown prior to the Patriots' game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to Maske.

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Remarkable stat shows Patriots' dominance in games decided by 10+ points

Remarkable stat shows Patriots' dominance in games decided by 10+ points

The New England Patriots have won a lot of games over the course of the past two decades. Under Bill Belichick, they've been as well-coached as they come and they simply do a lot of the little things right.

With that said, one of the big reasons that they've avoided losing? Typically, if a team wins the game by double digits, it's going to be the Patriots.

According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have been, far and away, the league's best in games decided by 10+ points since 2001.

That's wildly impressive and officially, they're winning 83 percent of their games that are decided by double figures. To further contextualize how crazy this stat is, the team with the second-most double-digit wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers has 104, a full 38 less than the Patriots.

That's absolutely mind-blowing.

Some will argue that part of the Patriots' success in this area is related to playing in the AFC East; the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets rank in the bottom-11 in this category. But even still, the Patriots' consistency in this category is remarkable, and it's just another feather in the cap of Belichick from his two decades in charge of this team.

It will be interesting to see if Belichick can replicate this success without Tom Brady at the helm. Their performance in such affairs will surely be something to watch as they start a new quarterback, perhaps Jarrett Stidham, permanently for the first time since Brady took over as the starter back in 2001.

Tom Brady's heartfelt goodbye video is sure to give Patriots fans chills

Tom Brady's heartfelt goodbye video is sure to give Patriots fans chills

It appears that Tom Brady has finally found the words to officially say goodbye to the New England Patriots and their fans.

Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the offseason, ending a 20-year run with the Patriots that saw the team make it to nine Super Bowls and win six. But as Brady explained in a piece on The Players' Tribune, he's ready for a new challenge. And there were rumors that after the magnificent two-decade run, he was simply "Belichick'd out".

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And in addition to all this buzz, Brady was finally able to put together a video goodbye addressed to the Patriots and their fans. Here's a look at the heartfelt farewell, per his official Twitter account.

Surely, that will give fans chills and afford them a chance to relive some of the best moments of Brady's time with the team. And it was nice that Brady officially gave credit and thanks to Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft as well, including a clip saying the following:

It's really just about the relationships, you know? It's about the people that I play for. The people that I play with. I think I came into a great situation here. I think there's been a great coach, a great owner, and great teammates.

And not to mention, great success. The Patriots put together one of the greatest dynasties of all time with Brady and Belichick at the helm. And Brady's video brings back the amazing memories and championships that came over the course of those 20 years.

But now, they'll go their separate ways. Belichick will try to rebuild without Brady. And Brady will give Tampa Bay his all as the 42-year-old continues to provide further evidence that he's the greatest player to ever play the game of football.