Report: Antonio Brown not expected to return this season

Antonio Brown is still reportedly scheduled to meet with the NFL on Thursday, but don’t expect that meeting to change much between the two parties. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown isn’t expected to play again this season.

Brown has not been suspended or placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, but is currently being investigated for several claims of sexual assault made against him in a civil lawsuit filed in Florida. The New England Patriots released him on Sept. 20, and Brown has been a free agent ever since.

Schefter reported that if a team decided to sign him, Brown would be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List immediately. That would require the team to pay him until the NFL finishes its investigation, which could last the rest of the season. They’d essentially be paying Brown to be investigated, so teams are going to stay away from him until the NFL makes its decision.

Brown went on a social media tirade on Thursday, just hours after the news broke that he would be meeting with the NFL. Brown once again proclaimed that he was done with the NFL and demanded his name be cleared. He later deleted the posts on Twitter and Instagram and posted a tweet clarifying that he’s “very frustrated” and intends to play again.

Since Brown has done his “I quit” routine several times before, it’s hard to imagine anyone believed him.

Only time will tell if Brown and the NFL will actually meet for the first time since the sexual assault allegations surfaced. Even if they do meet, it’s not clear how that will change Brown’s situation. Schefter reported that Brown hasn’t turned over all the materials the NFL is looking for as part of its investigation. Brown wants to get back to playing, but it’s not going to happen any faster by keeping things from the NFL.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) scores a touchdown as Miami Dolphins cornerback Jomal Wiltz (33) attempts to defend, during the first half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI , MA. - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots celebrates his first down catch during the first quarter of the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami , Florida. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
MIAMI , MA. - SEPTEMBER 15: Tom Brady #12 and Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots bump fists during the second quarter of the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami , Florida. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown to practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, walks on the field near wide receiver Antonio Brown (1) as Brown works out during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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