Antonio Brown reported to the Raiders’ coaching camp in Napa, California, Tuesday morning, ending days of drama crammed with hypothesis, a risk of retirement, a misplaced enchantment and extra.
Brown’s unusual preseason ordeal would possibly earn the HBO sequence “Hard Knocks” an award or two. This yr’s present options the Raiders, and the “Hard Knocks” manufacturing crew was, not surprisingly, following carefully as Brown reported to camp. So was Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
“I’m dealing with a lot of adversity … but I’m excited to be back with my teammates,” Brown advised reporters.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden expects Brown will probably be able to play within the Sept. 9 season opener.
“We’ll work him back in, obviously it’s great to have him back.” Gruden stated.
Brown did not present a timeline for when he expects to have the ability to observe. He reported to camp on time – in a hot-air balloon, no much less – however was sidelined at first reportedly by frostbitten toes suffered throughout cryotherapy. Brown disregarded a query about his toes, and Rosenhaus advised reporters the All-Professional extensive receiver had acquired laser remedy. He declined to supply specifics due to potential authorized motion.
Later, Brown balked at taking part in with out his outdated helmet, which is now not on the NFL’s accredited listing. He misplaced an arbitration enchantment to make use of the outdated mannequin, and reportedly threatened to retire if he could not use the helmet.
Monday evening, Professional Soccer Speak reported the NFL and Brown had reached a compromise permitting him to make use of the helmet mannequin he likes if he might discover one made throughout the previous 10 years. And very first thing Tuesday morning, Brown tweeted out his seek for simply such a helmet.
Rosenhaus did say, nevertheless, that Brown’s toes had been at all times the larger concern, and that he returned to camp as a result of he had completed therapies. So far as the helmet concern, he stated Brown has discovered some helmets he likes and they are going to be submitted to the NFL for approval.