It’s unclear whether that decision will be made this week. The person with knowledge of the deliberations said there is “no timeline” for the decision to be made because it depends on what the league’s investigation finds.
Brown made his Patriots debut in their win Sunday at Miami. The Patriots host the New York Jets this Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.
Through his attorney, Darren Heitner, Brown has denied the allegations made by Taylor in a lawsuit in Florida.
Since Taylor filed her lawsuit, a second woman came forward claiming Brown committed sexual misconduct. In a Sports Illustrated report Monday, an artist who requested anonymity said Brown commissioned her to paint a mural at his house after meeting her at a charity auction to benefit the National Youth Foundation. While working at Brown’s house, the artist said to Sports Illustrated, Brown crept behind her while naked except for a small towel covering his genitals. Brown has denied the allegations, through Heitner.
In a phone interview Tuesday, National Youth Foundation co-founder Sophia Hanson said the NFL has not contacted her or, to her knowledge, the artist regarding the accusations.
Brown has not been charged with a crime. The NFL’s personal conduct policy nevertheless authorizes Commissioner Roger Goodell to place Brown on paid leave if he believes following an investigation that Brown may have violated the conduct policy.
If Brown is placed on the exempt list, he would be paid by the Patriots but would be ineligible to practice with the team or attend games. He could appeal his placement on the list through the NFL Players Association. The list is designed to be used by the league until it makes a decision about whether to discipline a player under the personal conduct policy. Any suspension under the policy would be without pay.
Adam Kilgore contributed to this report.