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New York Jets won’t have to deal with Antonio Brown this Sunday

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have seemingly caught a break as they will not have to face superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown this Sunday when the team takes on the New England Patriots.

The New York Jets have been victims of countless instances of bad luck to start the 2019 season. But following the release (again) of wide receiver Antonio Brown, it appears that luck may be finally turning in their favor.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots have officially released their superstar wideout following numerous additional reports of sexual and personal misconduct.

This comes on the heels of what has been a tumultuous offseason for the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver. After a falling out in Pittsburgh, Brown was shipped to the Oakland Raiders where he would make headlines in the summer for all the wrong reasons.

From suffering frostbite on his feet due to a cryogenic mishap to threatening retirement over the use of a banned helmet to his various social media outbursts, Brown’s time in the Bay Area was marred by off-field drama.

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And just prior to the start of the season, Brown would be released by the Raiders before ever playing a game with the team. He was subsequently picked up by the Patriots and it appeared as though the drama had finally been put in the past.

He even managed to play with the team last week hauling in four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. However, more reports have since come out detailing various instances of sexual assault and personal misconduct issues.

Evidently, the Patriots decided that it was time to cut ties.

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For the Jets, this is great news as the team is set to take on the rival Patriots this Sunday. And given the state of the team, they need all the help they could get.

Third-string quarterback Luke Falk will be making just his second appearance in an NFL game as he earns the start following the absence of both Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian.

Elsewhere, the Jets will also be without the likes of Quincy Enunwa, Chris Herndon, Demaryius ThomasJordan Jenkins, C.J. Mosley, and Quinnen Williams this Sunday.

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The Jets’ roster is a shell of what it could be right now, and the team is expected to be heavy underdogs going into the divisional matchup.

Prior to Brown’s release, the line for the game saw New England favored by an astounding 22 points. And while this recent news could drop the line slightly, don’t expect any significant movement.

The Patriots are still the far superior team even when both rosters are healthy. And given how beat up the Jets are at the moment, this game could get out of hand quickly.

But at the very least, the Jets won’t have to worry about covering Brown this Sunday.

Perhaps this is a sign that fortune is finally beginning to turn in the Jets favor. Or perhaps it is simply a mirage of luck ahead of a game that’s outcome will remain unchanged.

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We shall soon find out.

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