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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)

Just as quickly as he came in, Antonio Brown has been released from the New England Patriots, the team announced in a statement on Friday afternoon.

“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” a statement from the team reads. “We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The now-former Patriots wide receiver tweeted shortly before the team announced his release: “Thanks for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt”.

This is a continuing story: for more information and for updates go to Boston’s Sportshub