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Free agent receiver Antonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL

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Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown will be suspended for eight games should he sign with an NFL team, the league announced Friday afternoon. Well, today, that all changed as the National Football League alerted Brown that he would receive and eight-game suspension without pay, according to Adam Schefter. He played one game with the New England Patriots before the team cut Brown amid rape and sexual misconduct accusations. The NFL can extend Brown's suspension depending on what happens in Brown's civil suit, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. This means for the team that signs Brown, he is going to have to sit for the first eight games.

NFL Media reported that the suspension specifically covers the NFL's investigation into a felony battery case involving a truck driver and an allegation by an artist of sexual assault.

The Baltimore Ravens have also been thought to have interest in Brown as quarterback Lamar Jackson publicly said this week he hoped the team would look into signing the receiver. Shortly after the Patriots released Brown, Goodell told every National Football League team Brown would be placed on the commissioner's exempt list if he signed.

"Brown was advised that any future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will likely result in more significant discipline".

Now a free agent, Brown's suspension takes effect Week 1, regardless of whether he's on a roster.

As part of the discipline, the league directed Brown to continue his counseling and treatment program.

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