Wednesday brought a rare football-related update involving Antonio Brown.
Brown attended his first practice as a member of the New England Patriots outside Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, one day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape.
The wide receiver wore full pads and wore No. 1 at practice.
Antonio Brown here at Patriots practice wearing No. 1. pic.twitter.com/gFBIIwbjGG
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 11, 2019
👀 All eyes on Antonio Brown out on the practice field pic.twitter.com/nbKy5uNM3u
— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) September 11, 2019
The Patriots' official roster has no number assigned to Brown, whose previous number, 84, is worn by tight end Ben Watson.
Brown, who officially signed a one-year contract with New England on Monday after the Oakland Raiders released him Saturday, has denied his ex-trainer's allegations and reportedly plans to countersue her.
A federal judge in Florida was assigned to Brown's case Wednesday, and his accuser, Britney Taylor, reportedly is expected to meet with the NFL next week. It's unclear if and when Brown would face discipline from the NFL, but until then, it's apparently business as usual in New England ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins in Miami.