Ian Rapoport adds that Brown is expected to suit up for New England in Week 2 and make his Patriots debut.
While there had been some talk about the NFL placing Brown on the commissioner exempt list, the league has declined to do so, as there is no criminal investigation involving Brown at this point in time.
The NFL has opened its investigation, which will include interviews with Brown and his accuser.
The alleged victim in the sexual assault case against Brown plans to meet with NFL investigators and a meeting will likely take place next week.
Rapoport has been told that neither the Patriots nor the NFL knew about this situation before Brown signed with New England.
Brown, 31, is a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his five-year, $72.71 million contract when the Steelers traded him to the Raiders back in March.
The Raiders later signed Brown to a new contract worth $50.125 million and includes $30.125 million guaranteed. However, Oakland made the decision to release Brown on Saturday, making him an unrestricted free agent and he later signed a one-year deal worth up to $15 million with the Patriots.
In 2018, Brown appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 26 receiver out of 117 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Brown as the news is available.