Mayock told reporters today that Brown is not at practice because he’s still angry the NFL won’t let him wear the helmet of his choice, and Mayock left little doubt that it’s beginning to wear on the team that everyone else is working hard while Brown is not.
Mayock's quote from the story pretty much summed up the situation: “Here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue," Mayock said. "We have supported that, we appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out. We’re hoping he’s back soon."
Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown was a full participant in the team’s walkthrough on Saturday and could be a full participant as soon as Sunday, head coach Jon Gruden told reporters.
“He took all the reps today in our walkthrough,” Gruden said. “He showed great retention, and we’ll see what happens here with this afternoon; we’re going to have a walkthrough today as well. We have a lot of guys that can’t practice so we’ll pick it up tomorrow.”
Brown had taken part in just one walkthrough and one full-speed practice in training camp before Saturday, as his feet recover from blisters caused by a cryotherapy mishap. He also had been absent from the team last week while trying to sort out an issue with his helmet, as his old one is no longer approved for NFL use because it is more than 10 years old.
After an arbitrator ruled against Antonio Brown in his helmet grievance, the Raiders wideout said that he was “working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field.”
Getting back on the field isn’t going to happen immediately, but Brown will be back around his teammates. PFT has learned, via a league source, that Brown will be back at the Raiders’ facility on Tuesday.
Brown has been away from the team for more than a week as he first dealt with injuries to his feet and then with the grievance related to the NFL barring him from using his preferred helmet because it is too old to be certified for use this season. Brown is looking for a version of that helmet — the Schutt AiR Advantage — that is less than 10 years old, the story said.
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown had his helmet grievance ruled against him Monday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter also reports it is “unlikely” Brown will appeal the decision.
The decision means Brown must either comply with the NFL’s helmet policy or not play at all. Brown took to Instagram after the ruling and said “while I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field. I’m excited about this season, appreciate all the concerns about my feet.” That at least sounds like Brown will eventually return to the Raiders at some point, hopefully before the regular season begins, especially since he is unlikely to appeal the decision. Perhaps Brown is willing to put all this behind him and begin focusing on the upcoming season. We can only hope that he does.
Vic Tafur of The Athletic is reporting the Raiders believe WR Antonio Brown "will return to Napa in a couple of days", as they have been in contact with the receiver and sending him different helmets.
Another chapter is written in what has become the most eye-catching story of training camp. As we noted yesterday, Brown is expected to have a meeting regarding his helmet grievance against the NFL and has threatened not to play football if he is not granted his wish to play with his preferred helmet. Brown is under no risk of penalty, as it's the team that is punished for helmet violations. With three weeks left in the preseason, there is still plenty of time for this story to boil over before the regular season begins, so perhaps it's not panic mode yet. We'll certainly continue to monitor this story as it develops.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting Raiders WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he is allowed to wear his preferred helmet, he will not play football again. Schefter says Brown “believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football” and that the Raiders have been sending Brown other helmets to try and he is not interested in any of them.
This has turned into a strange story. It sounds like a lot is now riding on the expected grievance hearing next week and if Brown loses his case, his next steps will be fascinating to watch. It’s almost making the foot injury a non-story. Brown still has tremendous upside for his talent but is also becoming more of a risk if he actually stays true to his threat to not play.
Raiders WR Antonio Brown’s recent absence from training camp stems more from his recently-filed helmet grievance against the NFL, rather than his blistered foot, per Adam Schefter.
A previous report from Chase Williams of WPXI in Pittsburgh said the Raiders stated Brown had gone “radio silent” and they had “no clue” of his whereabouts. Now, he is expected to return soon, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Brown's grievance against the NFL states he wishes to wear a helmet he prefers, rather than a mandated one by the league. However, per NFL policy, only a team can be punished for a player wearing a wrong helmet, not the player himself. His hearing is expected to take place next week.
According to Chris Simms on PFT Live, Antonio Brown burned his feet by entering a cryotherapy machine without the proper footwear, and his feet were frostbitten.
Well, I don't think anyone saw that one coming. Now that we know Antonio Brown has frostbite, we, unfortunately, are still left out in the dark, the frigid dark, when it comes to a timetable to return to the field. Presumably, the Raiders knew what the injury was when Adam Schefter tweeted that it wasn't something the team was worried about, but this is still an injury that is keeping him off the field and is worrisome for fantasy.
Jon Gruden said that Antonio Brown is not in Raiders camp, but instead, he is “gathering information” on his foot issue.
Gruden didn’t want to offer any other updates on Brown other than that. Said there is no new news on Brown’s situation and refused to speculate on his readiness for Week 1.
There isn't much new here other than the fact that Antonio Brown is still seeking help for his foot issue, which means he's likely not much closer to returning to practice. The latest reports still have Brown's injury as minor, but the lack of information along with Jon Gruden's personality will continue to stoke rumors and more questions.