Antonio Brown could be sidelined for multiple games while the NFL investigates accusations of sexual assault stemming from a civil lawsuit that was filed in a Florida court this week.

The league could place Brown on the commissioner's exempt list. If that were to happen, the New England Patriots wide receiver would be ineligible to play for every week that he's on the list, although he would still receive a paycheck.

Brown signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Patriots on Monday.