Antonio Brown practices with Patriots amid uncertainty

New England receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the team Wednesday for the first time since being released by the Raiders and signed by the Patriots — and just one day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.

Before practice, New England head coach Bill Belichick declined to answer numerous questions about Brown, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.”

“Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those,” Belichick said. “They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to enter into the discussion about that.”

Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, said his client plans to countersue. The NFL has declined to comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.

Belichick was asked specifically about the possibility of Brown being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by Roger Goodell. That special designation, which is used at the discretion of Goodell to allow the league to conduct investigations into possible violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy, would prevent Brown from practicing or attending games while on the list.

Brown would, however, be eligible to continue being paid on the one-year deal he signed Monday with the Patriots that could pay him $15 million this season.

“We’re preparing for one day at a time,” Belichick said.

Briefly: Quincy Enunwa’s season is over after his second neck injury in just more than two years. The Jets’ wide receiver was hurt Sunday in the season-opening loss to Buffalo. Enunwa, 27, missed the entire 2017 season after injuring his neck in training camp. … Houston released cornerback Aaron Colvin after his struggles in the team’s season-opening loss to New Orleans. He was in the second year of a four-year, $34 million contract that had $18 million guaranteed. … The Giants re-signed receiver TJ Jones and placed linebacker Kareem Martin on injured reserve (knee). … Chicago waived defensive end Abdullah Anderson and signed former Washington tight end J.P. Holtz. … The NFL’s opening weekend to its 100th season averaged of 17.1 million viewers for games, which is a 5% increase over last year.

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