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Antonio Brown says he will play this season despite losing helmet case

Antonio Brown says he will play this season despite losing helmet case

Antonio Brown failed to convince an arbitrator to rule in his favor, and now the Raiders wide receiver has backed down from his threat to retire from the NFL.

A league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday that an arbitrator has ruled against Brown's grievance regarding the helmet he would prefer to wear. USA Today's Mike Jones was first to report the news. 

Brown confirmed the news by tweeting a statement shortly after the report broke.

Based on what Brown said, it appears he plans to play during the 2019 season while wearing a new, NFL-approved helmet.

Brown wanted to continue to wear the Schutt Air Advantage helmet he's been using his entire career, but that model is no longer approved for use in the NFL.

Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Brown was ready to quit playing football if he didn't get to wear his old helmet.

NFL rumors: Raiders made 'substantive inquiries' on Jalen Ramsey trade

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NFL rumors: Raiders made 'substantive inquiries' on Jalen Ramsey trade

Through two games, the Raiders have allowed the most yards passing in the league. Facing reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs' explosive offensive doesn't help, but still.

You know what could help? A 24-year-old All-Pro cornerback in his prime who wants his current team to trade him. 

Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville and the Raiders could be the perfect match. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday that the Raiders are one of a handful of teams that have made "substantive inquiries" on a trade for Ramsey. 

Ramsey won't come cheap and likely will cost the Raiders one of their two first-round draft picks next year, but he's worth the hefty price tag. He can be a lot to handle, but so are most great cornerbacks. 

The former No. 5 overall draft pick is the true definition of a shutdown corner. He follows the opposing team's top receiver and causes chaos for a quarterback. Ramsey has nine interceptions in 50 career games and 45 passes defensed. 

With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas following this season, Ramsey already has expressed an interest in playing in Sin City in the past, too. 

[RELATED: Why Raiders should trade for Jalen Ramsey]

Though he's requested a trade, Ramsey is expected play Thursday night for the Jaguars against the Titans. A trade could soon be on the horizon, though. 

Buckle up, Raiders fans.

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown no longer Nike representative

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown no longer Nike representative

Antonio Brown has another reason to worry about his feet. No, he doesn't have extreme frost bite again. But he will be looking for new shoes. 

Nike has seen enough. The company told the Boston Globe that it cut ties with the former Raiders receiver Thursday. A Nike spokesperson declined to tell the newspaper the reasoning for the decision. 

The only statement Nike provided the Globe was “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”

After a tumultuous offseason with the Raiders, the team released Brown the day before the regular season began. Brown signed with the Patriots hours later. His antics caused plenty of headaches for the Silver and Black, but they were not juvenile in nature. But recent allegations since his release show that might not always have been the case.

Days after Brown signed with the Patriots, his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit against Brown alleging the star receiver sexually assaulted her three separate times, including "forcibly raping" her. Brown has denied these allegations.

[RELATED: AB's pattern of disturbing behavior shows Raiders made right call]

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko recently did a deep dive on Brown that shows a pattern of disturbing behavior, including another report of sexual misconduct. 

Nike introduced the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown” shoe in early February, one month before the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers for two NFL draft picks. The shoe was listed for $100, but no longer is seen on the company's website.

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