After wearing No. 1 in his first practice Wednesday, Brown took the field outside Gillette Stadium on Thursday wearing No. 17.
Antonio Brown has a new uniform number: 17 pic.twitter.com/JqlUkxA3k8
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) September 12, 2019
We're not allowed beyond a certain point on the practice fields but you can see Antonio Brown (No. 17) go up and get one in the end zone with Troy Brown challenging him with a pad at the catch point. pic.twitter.com/cmluijrySK
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 12, 2019
NFL wide receivers must wear a number between 10 and 19 or 80 and 89, so Brown could legally wear No. 17 for New England after switching from the inegible No. 1.
Brown would be the first Patriots player to wear No. 17 since Riley McCarron in 2018. Wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Chad Jackson also wore No. 17 during their underwhelming tenures in New England.
It's still unclear whether Brown will play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins following a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer, who has accused Brown of rape and sexual assault.
The 31-year-old wideout has denied the allegations through his lawyer and agent and reportedly plans to countersue his accuser.
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Does Antonio Brown have a new (and permanent) number with Patriots? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston