Crazy things have took place in Miami within the path of the path of the Contemporary England Patriots’ 20-twelve months dynasty, but nothing would high the lunacy of a Dolphins eradicate Sunday. Now not even final twelve months’s Miracle in Miami.
The Patriots are coming off of a 33-3 Week 1 eradicate over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re loaded on offense, defense and special teams and looked just like the pleasant personnel in football Sunday night. The Dolphins are recent off of a fifty nine-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. They seem to be the worst personnel in football.
It’s essentially distinguished to search out gamers on the Dolphins’ fifty three-man roster who would be an toughen over Patriots reserves, let alone starters. It’s that unsuitable.
There’s a reason the Patriots at the moment are favored by 19 parts over the Dolphins. It would settle one thing historical for the Patriots to lose.
This is all to speak the Patriots attain no longer need Antonio Brown to eradicate in Week 2. So, what does Contemporary England wish to hold by having fun with the receiver, who is dealing with accusations of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit?
The absolute top solution for the Patriots would be if the NFL took it out of Contemporary England’s hands and placed Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list till the league’s investigation is full. Brown could perhaps most certainly no longer train or play on the exempt list. The NFL on the total makes use of the exempt list when a player has been charged with a crime. Brown used to be no longer, and he’s denied the accusations.
But when Brown is unruffled on the Patriots’ lively roster by Sunday, they could most certainly simply unruffled sit him in opposition to the Dolphins and order it had nothing to attain with the allegations levied in opposition to the receiver. When the Patriots traded for Josh Gordon after Week 2 of the 2018 season, he didn’t play till Week 4. The Patriots gave Gordon a stout week to get acclimated and then played him.
So, there’s a precedent in pickle for no longer having fun with a wide receiver the same week he’s got.
What’s the damage in having fun with Brown? A pockmark on the organization. Narrate the Patriots play Brown in Week 2 and by Week 3, the NFL has concluded in its investigation that they’ve ample to droop the receiver. Then the Patriots have that resolution — a foul eradicate which must be a gimme — inserting over their heads for the the leisure of the season.
They would be wise to let the wretchedness play itself out as long as ability earlier than they power themselves to manufacture a resolution. If Brown is innocent as he claims, then sizable, achieve him aid on the field. But it absolutely’s pointless and dangerous so early within the investigation path of. The Patriots reputedly already suddenly signed Brown on Monday with out vivid this lawsuit used to be coming. They reportedly had been caught off guard when the lawsuit used to be made public Tuesday.
That’s despite the truth that rumors of the lawsuit had been leaked on social media Saturday morning. Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, additionally said Wednesday on ESPN that he and Brown had been ready for the lawsuit. The news used to be available within the market. Brown and Rosenhaus knew it used to be coming. But curiously, the Patriots didn’t.
Brown has the incentives in his contract to lose if he doesn’t play Sunday. Perhaps he could perhaps most certainly unruffled have told the Patriots about this impending lawsuit earlier than signing his contract.
Forward of constructing the rash resolution to play Brown with out vivid the total facts, the Patriots would be neat to train a dinky persistence earlier than inserting their recent receiver on the field.
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