Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Antonio Brown practices with Raiders in certified helmet

Antonio Brown practices with Raiders in certified helmet

He didn't show it Tuesday, but the happiest man to see Antonio Brown back - wearing a helmet - on the practice field was Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

"He's all in. Ready to go", Gruden told reporters, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

Gruden told reporters that there's been "no distractions" for him or the team concerning Brown, whose second grievance hearing with the National Football League will be presided by the same arbitrator from his first hearing and is scheduled for Friday morning, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Yes, it's possible. But I think the real story here is that Gruden has been in regular communication with his star wide receiver, has vouched for him from the start of this saga, and those good vibes have allowed the coach to keep this situation - however unusual and annoying it may be - from turning into something much uglier. And there's nothing wrong with supporting your players, on things that they believe in. "I've got brand new skin, it all trimmed up". Because AB is actually a good player.

Brown, meanwhile, addressed the microscope he's been under in a teaser for the next episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" on Tuesday night.

After each of the five episodes this season, Sporting News will recap the best, worst and most weird of what the team has to offer from its camp in Napa, Calif., as it prepares for its final season in Oakland. He was suspended without pay for the entire 2017 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and took that chance to go to rehab and commit himself to staying clean.

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That led to Mayock saying Sunday that the Raiders had supported Brown but had "exhausted all avenues of relief".

"The feet feeling a lot better", Brown said in the clip. Too much noise right now.

"I feel like I was enemy of the f-- state. F--".

Today, we look over three positions groups that have the most depth on the Raiders roster and discuss which players are safe, and which ones are not. He was activated on July 28 and participated in parts of two practices before leaving for more than a week to get treatment on his feet and to deal with the helmet grievance.

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