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Antonio Brown offers to be Patriots' Christmas gift, bashes Robert Kraft

Antonio Brown offers to be Patriots' Christmas gift, bashes Robert Kraft

At some point during the Patriots' 28-22 Week 13 loss to the Texans on Sunday night, almost everyone probably wondered where all of Tom Brady's weapons had gone.

An offense that, at one point or another, has had the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown, now relies on a banged-up Julian Edelman, James White and rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers.

Those people weren't alone because Brown thought the same thing.

As Brady was getting more and more frustrated down in the Lone Star State, AB fired off a serious off strange tweets, one of which was a video montage of Brown's highlights from his one-game Patriots tenure. The video ended with highlights from the retired Gronkowski's tenure in Foxboro, Mass. 

Rumors swirled Sunday morning that Patriots players and coaches would welcome Brown back to New England if owner Robert Kraft OK'd the move. As the Patriots struggled to move the chains, it didn't seem far-fetched that Brown could be a Patriot again sometime soon.

Then, Brown took to Instagram on Monday morning and reposted a rant from Patriots fan account "Gillette Nation" that bashed Kraft for not wanting to win, which probably ends his hopes of returning to Foxboro.

Warning: The post does contain some NSFW language.

Brown has since deleted the post, but there's no doubt the damage is done.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection has been out of the NFL since the Patriots cut him prior to Week 3. The NFL still is investigating claims of sexual assault levied against Brown by his former trainer in a federal civil lawsuit, so it's unlikely Brown returns to the NFL until that is complete.

It wasn't long ago that Brown was expected to be the offensive piece that would take Jon Gruden's offense to the next level in Oakland. The summer was filled with excitement at the number of offensive weapons the Raiders possessed, with many dreaming of quarterback Derek Carr and Brown lighting up the scoreboard in the Raiders' final season in the Coliseum.

Brown, of course, had an offseason filled with so much drama even the execs over at the CW wouldn't buy it for a weekly teen drama.

A pair of frostbitten feet, two helmet grievances, one altercation with general manager Mike Mayock and a guerilla marketing Instagram video that illegally taped a phone call with Gruden later, and Brown was cut and on his way to New England where he lasted one week.

As Brown's behavior continues to spiral and grow weirder and weirder, the Raiders have to be glad their AB headache was short-lived. Yes, he's a Hall-of-Fame talent that might have helped them stay competitive in some games they lost, and maybe even put one more win on their ledger.

He's also an All-Pro pain that even Morphine can't help alleviate. Gruden, Carr and Co. should be happy their dealings with Brown ended after Week 1, and they no longer have to focus on the rambles of someone who isn't connected to reality.

[RELATED: AB's swift release shows true nature of Patriot Way]

While Brown might view himself as the ideal Christmas present for a contending team, the Raiders surely would beg to differ. 

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Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

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Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

ALAMEDA -- Sunday won't be an ordinary Week 15 game between two teams that have dropped out of playoff contention. 

The Coliseum will be rocking as those who bleed silver and black say their final farewell to the Raiders when they take on the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. Most of the young Jaguars haven't played in the Coliseum, but head coach Doug Marrone is well aware of what his scuffling team will face Sunday afternoon. 

"Absolutely. I think that, we kind of polled today, we don’t have a lot of players that have played at Oakland and we tried to give them a sense of ... and when I say crazy atmosphere, I mean that in a very positive sense," Marrone said on a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday. "We talked about the locker room and we’ve talked about it. I think it will be an emotional day for a lot of people there and I had a good relationship with Mr. [Al] Davis. When I was the head coach at Syracuse, we’d meet every year and there will be a lot of emotion knowing that finally, I know last year they went through it a little bit, but the finality of it being the last game for sure." 

Marrone was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders out of Davis' alma mater Syracuse in 1986. He didn't make the 53-man roster and never donned the Silver and Black inside the Coliseum. Despite never being a Raider, Marrone had a good relationship with late owner Al Davis and came to the Coliseum as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets in the early 2000s. 

Even for Marrone, it will be weird for the Raiders to no longer call the Coliseum home. 

"When I was with the Jets and we would go out there, we’d always warm-up and I had the offensive line with me and I had a bunch of veteran guys who we’d warm up in the one corner of the end zone and for some reason, there was one guy, he was all over me," Marrone said recalling his time as a visitor in the Coliseum. "Like he was killing me, not the players, me. And the players would come up to me and go, ‘Coach, you going to take that (expletive) from that guy? Like, if he did that (expletive) to me, I would go up in the stands. You need to go up in the stands, you need to confront that.’ And I’d be like, ‘Shut the hell up, would you? We’re just going to go ahead and play.’

"But I just remember those times and the playoff game up there when I was in New York and just how crazy it can be and it’s a special place. I remember going up there back in the day and you look over at pregame warmup and Mr. Davis would be down on the sideline. A lot of the old Raiders would be there and so I think for me there will be a point I think, ‘Wow! I can’t believe the Oakland Raiders are moving.’”

[RELATED: Raiders describe what it's like to jump into Black Hole]

After three consecutive losses, the Raiders no longer find themselves in the playoff hunt. There will be no playoff goodbye for the hallowed grounds that hold so many Raider memories. 

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr and these Raiders have but one more chance to give those who love the Raiders so dearly a final memory of a building and franchise that means so much to them. 

That's bad news for Marrone and the Jags. 

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game

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Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' offense was ineffective in last Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans without running back Josh Jacobs. 

The rookie sensation has a fractured shoulder and was unable to go despite giving an emotional plea to play prior to kick-off. Jacobs underwent an MRI on Monday and the results reportedly were better than expected, meaning Jacobs supposedly could give it a go in the finale at the Coliseum on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Jacobs was cleared to practice Wednesday when the Raiders held their normal mid-week walkthrough. Jacobs officially was listed as limited in Wednesday's estimation and he will have to clear some hurdles in order to get the thumbs up to go Sunday. 

"I just listen to the medical and Josh," Gruden said Wednesday. "He'll still have to go out there and move explosively tomorrow, Friday and do the things that a running back has to do to play in this league and protect himself in this league. We'll see what happens in the next 48 hours."

Right tackle Trent Brown, who missed the loss to the Titans with a pectoral injury, did not participate Wednesday and Gruden is not sure if he will be able to play against the Jaguars. 

[RELATED: Raiders players share what it's like to jump in Black Hole]

Here is the Raiders' injury report from Wednesday's walkthrough: 

Did not participate
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
CB Daryl Worley (neck)
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
LB Marquel Lee (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)

Limited
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
G Gabe Jackson (knee)