AB eligible, but will he play?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Antonio Brown is said to be eligible to play against Miami. Whether he actually does after just three practices with the Patriots is still not clear.
“We’re determining that,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “I’m not gonna hand out a copy of the game plan. We’ll do what we think is best for the team.”
The star wide receiver Brown was not placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, two people with direct knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.
Belichick, whose team faces the Dolphins on Sunday, would not confirm the move by NFL at practice.
Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault in a civil case in Florida and denies the allegations by his former trainer. He won’t go on the exempt list because no criminal charges have been filed. Players on the list can’t play in games or practice with a team but are still paid.
Brown was acquired in a trade with Oakland this month after requesting and receiving his release from the Raiders.
Since the lawsuit became public, the ordinarily flamboyant Brown has kept the lowest of profiles.
Jets’ coach responds to OBJ
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Gregg Williams is choosing to ignore Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Jets defensive coordinator thinks everyone else should, too.
Beckham made headlines Thursday when he accused Williams of getting him injured in a preseason game two years ago when the wide receiver was with the Giants and Williams was running Cleveland’s defense. Beckham said he was told by current Browns teammates that Williams instructed them to “take me out of the game.”
Williams managed to keep a straight face for a moment when asked about the allegations that he teaches players to use dirty tactics against opponents.
“Odell who?” he asked jokingly before grinning.
Williams said he had just heard about Beckham’s comments, and then turned serious.
“We don’t do that,” Williams insisted. “Never done it anywhere that I’ve been. We don’t do anything to hurt the team.”
Beckham said he jumped to catch a pass during a 2017 preseason game and was hit low by former Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as he came down. Beckham severely sprained his ankle on the hit, which he believes was instructed by Williams and has led to other leg injuries.
“You guys are cooperating by giving him attention,” Williams said to reporters. “Just don’t give him attention.”
n ESPN’s 40th anniversary has become a perfect time for reunions. Only this one will last throughout the remainder of the NFL season.
ESPN+ is bringing back “NFL PrimeTime” with Chris Berman and Tom Jackson beginning Sunday after a 14-year absence. It will air on the streaming service on Sunday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. EDT and will be available on demand until Wednesday night. ESPN had Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann back for “SportsCenter” on Sept. 6, but that was a one-night only affair.
n Pat Bowlen’s two oldest daughters have put themselves at risk of being disinherited by challenging their late father’s trust, which is in charge of selecting the next controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, a franchise valued at more than $2.5 billion.
Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer filed a lawsuit Friday in Arapaho County Court challenging the validity of the trust, which includes a no-contest clause, on the grounds that their father lacked the mental capacity and was under undue influence when he signed his estate planning documents in March 2009.