The Patriots announced on Tuesday that they have signed defensive back Malcolm Williams to the practice squad.
Williams was released from the Patriots 53-man roster on Nov. 17 after being signed off the practice squad and playing as a reserve in New England's win over St. Louis. Used mostly as a special teamer, the 24-year-old spent time on New England's practice squad earlier this season after being released following training camp.
Drafted in the seventh round out of Texas Christian University in 2011, Williams rotated between the practice squad and the 53-man roster last season, appearing in two regular season games and all three postseason games.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.