Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brown takes part in meetings with Raiders

Brown takes part in meetings with Raiders

Wide receiver Antonio Brown is not relenting in his efforts to get his favored helmet approved. This makes it seem as though there's a chance he doesn't want to practice without his helmet because he's genuinely concerned about safety issues. This is not about AB and the Raiders as much as it is Antonio, the league, the union, and the new helmet policy they have. That failure essentially banned the Schutt Air Advantage from use, with the steadfast belief that other models - Brown also had helmets from 2010 and 2014, per NFL Network - would also fail tests. The NFL and NFLPA got rid of the grace period after last season. Brown was one of 32 NFL players informed last season they would have to switch this year to a helmet model approved by the league and the NFL Players Association under a joint program by which helmets are evaluated on their performances in laboratory testing. But after he successfully located one, the National Football League then tested the helmet and informed him that it did not pass its safety standards, effectively closing the loophole on Brown.

Then there's the still-ongoing helmet saga that's kept him sidelined from many team activities. Longtime Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin made the switch to a VICIS helmet late in his career, which reduced impact forces on the head by 30 to 40 percent compared to Brown's old model.

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During that span he has played in 140 career games, amassing 708 tackles and 11 interceptions with three Super Bowl rings. Cocaine possession is considered a Class B felony, which can carry a potential prison term of 3.5 to seven years.

Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, responded Sunday night to Raiders general manager Mike Mayock's statement that the team has "exhausted all avenues of relief" for Brown's equipment-related grievance. "It is a major issue for him". Mayock said. "So, here's the bottom line - he's upset about the helmet issue". We have supported that. So, from our perspective, it's time for him to be all-in, or all-out, OK?

"We have worked very closely with the Raiders, and will continue to work very closely with the Raiders", Rosenhaus said. Brown does not want to wear the new helmet, and he's sitting out until he gets his way. "And we hope AB's going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver".

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