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Brown Leaves Raiders Camp Yet Again; and GM Mayock is Not Happy About It

The Raiders were left looking around yet again for Antonio Brown Sunday after he left camp, and this time his General Manager is speaking out – and he doesn’t sound happy.

Mike Mayock said Sunday that Brown’s leaving camp Sunday was once again due to being denied use of his helmet, and Mayock said that it’s ‘put up or shut up’ time for Brown.

“You all know that AB is not here today, right?” Mayock said Sunday afternoon.

“So, here’s the bottom line — he’s upset about the helmet issue. 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, OK? So, we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails, we are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope AB’s going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions, OK? Just wanted you guys to know where we were. Fair?”

Mayock is in the right to be ticked off, as Brown not being at camp for most of the summer is getting old, and the club is getting tired (already) of his act.

Brown had the cryotherapy accident back in July that landed him on the non-football injury list, and also is throwing a fit because he can’t wear his Schutt Air Advantage helmet, no longer certified by the league.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden spoke about the helmet fiasco briefly after the Arizona preseason game Saturday, and he too sounds like he’s grown tired of the saga.

“I’m not talking about it anymore,” Gruden said.

“It was a legal, certified helmet, you know? Somebody approved it, or he wouldn’t have worn it.”

Antonio Brown Finally Back at Practice for the Raiders; Will He Play Week One?

There’s been so much noise about the long-anticipated return of Antonio Brown to Raiders training camp, that finally on Tuesday it took place with all eyes to see.

Brown was the biggest offseason pickup of the Raiders, and using a Parx sportsbook promo code you can see now how the odds for the AFC West squad have gone in a different direction with Brown on the field.

The receiver had all eyes on him as he made an appearance on the practice field in Napa. He had been gone after getting his feet frozen in a cryotherapy booth in which he said he wore the wrong footwear.

“(I’m feeling) a lot better,” Brown said.

“Working towards 100 percent. It’s been a process with the feet. Any time you got a lot of blisters, it’s hard to change direction, cut and run and be able to do what I do naturally.”

Then as if it couldn’t get any stranger, the story with Brown took another twist as he filed a grievance against the NFL late last week in hopes of being able to wear the same helmet he wore in his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was report Friday that Brown was threatening retirement if the league didn’t allow him to wear said helmet.

Brown lost the case against the NFL on Tuesday, and instead of staying away any longer finally came out and said he would relent and wear the proper helmet.

“They have to certify it and do all the procedures,” Brown said Tuesday, when asked about his helmet search. “But we’re working with the NFL to make sure we’re following all the procedures to be out there in the right equipment.”

Add in another wrinkle, that being Browns’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The super agent told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his team had “located helmets that have been manufactured within the past 10 years” and were working to get them cleared.

The questions about Brown and his commitment to playing and being a good solider remain, but for now the other big question is if he will able to be on the field for week one when the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos on Monday night football.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sounded confident that the seven-time Pro Bowler would be able to go Week one against Denver.

“Oh yeah. Yep,” was Gruden’s response when asked if the wide out would be able to play in that first game.

We shall see.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Raiders Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Watch the Entire First Episode of “HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Raiders”

Tuesday night kicked off the 2019 edition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO, and this season the series is following Jon Gruden and the Raiders.

For those that don’t have HBO or just had an interest in the series, the complete episode one of the series is below.

Report Says Antonio Brown’s Feet Got Frostbite from a Cryotherapy Machine

The saga surrounding the feet of Raiders wide out Antonio Brown is getting stranger by the day.

After missing more practice time, there’s now a report that Brown’s feet got frostbitten due to him using a cryotherapy machine.

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Brown, has yet to comment on the situation, but Brown not being on the practice field is not going over well with coach Jon Gruden.

Brown has been on the sidelines more than being on the practice field, as he started camp on the non-football injury list.

While he was able to take the practice field for a couple days, he’s back on the sidelines again, which isn’t going to stand well with Gruden and the coaching staff.

For now, Brown is officially listed as day to day.

Former Bengals Now Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict Slams Cincinnati in an Interview

Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who spent his first seven National Football League seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, took a clear shot at his former team with a quote in a story by The Associated Press’ Michael Wagaman previewing the Raiders’ upcoming appearance in HBO’s Hard Knocks, Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“I just think it’s exciting for people to see what type of team we have because the team chemistry we have is just amazing,” Burfict said. “This is my second team, but it’s the first time I’ve had a team like this and everybody gets along. It doesn’t matter what type of day it is. We’re all here to see each other get better and motivate each other. We’ve got a lot of characters, in a good way.”

The Bengals are scheduled to visit the Raiders in Week 11 – on Nov. 17.

The 28-year-old Burfict signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in March. He insisted in May in an ESPN article that he is “not a dirty player” and that “every team plays a little bit after the whistle.”

Video: Antonio Brown Takes the Field for the Raiders in the Latest Clip from “Hard Knocks”

“Ready to see me work or what?”

See Antonio Brown on a new season of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders.

Check Out the New Raiders ‘Hard Knocks’ Trailer – The Autumn Wind: Narrated by Liev Schreiber

A new trailer for ‘Hard Knocks with the Oakland Raiders’ which premieres on Tuesday, August 6th – The Autumn Wind: narrated by Liev Schreiber.