Kevin Allen, Henry McKenna, USA TODAY Sports Network
Published 12:39 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 1:53 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t say whether receiver Antonio Brown would play in the Patriots’ Sunday game at Miami during an abbreviated press conference Wednesday.
Belichick confirmed Brown, who was accused in a civil lawsuit of rape and sexual assault by his former trainer, would practice Wednesday, but said the situation would be looked “one day at a time, just like we always do.
“We’ve looked into the situation and we’re taking it very seriously,” Belichick said.
Brown, through his lawyer, has denied the accusations.
Shortly after the press conference, Brown was with the team when it hit the practice field. Reporters are allowed to watch for a limited time.
Brown was wearing a No. 1 jersey. His normal number, 84, is in the ownership of tight end Ben Watson, who is on suspension. He cannot wear No. 1 in a game because the league’s number policy limits wide receivers to 10-19 or 80-89.
Belichick opened his weekly press conference by talking about Miami. But when it came time for questions, they were all about the controversial wide receiver whose signing was officially announced Monday after being released by the Raiders on Saturday.
When pressed, Belichick declined to elaborate on precisely what the team was doing about Brown.
“I’m not going to be expanding on any of those,” he said, referencing statements from Brown’s attorney. “They are what they are. We are taking it very seriously all the way through the organization.
“I’m sure there are questions but there’s not going to be any discussion about that today. … We’re working on Miami.”