Antonio Brown won't miss time if he loses helmet grievance, agent says

Antonio Brown won't miss time if he loses helmet grievance, agent says

Antonio Brown filed a second grievance with the NFL to wear his preferred helmet on Monday, a matter that will reportedly be heard later this week.

Regardless of whether or not he’s allowed to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage, Brown won’t let the decision pull him away from Raiders team activities.

That’s what his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on ESPN Wednesday morning.

“That’s correct,” Rosenhaus said. “…He is determined to play this year, and what we’re trying to do is get him in the safest equipment possible. He believes, and we believe that the helmet he has worn for nine years – he’s had unparalleled production throughout those nine years – that it’s imperative for us to continue with that helmet because that it is what has kept him safe.

"We understand these new rules. We hear on the testing and we’re not disputing it. That may be great for every other player, but this is something that has worked so well for him and we want to maintain that consistency and that safety.”

Brown’s camp will plead its case for a one-year grace period with the outdated helmet too old to be certified, one that recently failed a safety test. They could appeal a decision from an independent arbitrator if the initial ruling doesn’t go Brown’s way.

If everything keeps going against Brown, the receiver will capitulate and play with a certified helmet. He has recently worn a Schutt Vengeance Z10 LTD model that rates highly and is among the helmets certified by the NFL and NFLPA.

“We’ll exhaust that process but, if it doesn’t work out, so be it,” Rosenhaus said. “At least we can say we tried everything possible, and he’ll move forward and make it work with an approved helmet.”

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If Brown sticks to that plan, that means we’ve mercifully reached the end of Antonio Brown’s training camp saga. His frostbitten feet have largely healed and the helmet situation will conclude, one way or another, without him leaving the Raiders protesting a helmet-related decision against him.

The focus will revert to football, where he’s one of the NFL’s best skill players and should give the Raiders dynamic play-making ability during the 2019 season.

Anonymous Raider really wants Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey traded to Oakland


Anonymous Raider really wants Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey traded to Oakland

Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville, and (at least) one Raider wants the cornerback in Oakland. 

An anonymous member of the Silver and Black made the case for his team to bring in the talented, trash-talking 25-year-old to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. 

Ramsey would help just about any NFL team play the kind of defense it aspires to. In four NFL seasons, the Florida State product has grown into one of the NFL's best cornerbacks, if not the best. Pro Football Focus ranked Ramsey the second-best cornerback coming into the season, and early-season struggles in a situation he clearly wants no part of -- just ask Doug Marrone -- won't dissuade any interested suitors.

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In theory, the Raiders should be one. As NBC Sports California's Josh Schrock noted earlier this week, acquiring Ramsey would allow the Raiders to slide their cornerbacks down the depth chart and into roles in which they could thrive. Ramsey won't come cheap when his contract is up after next season, either, but the Silver and Black is set up to have plenty of salary-cap space when the team moves to Las Vegas in 2021.

After orbiting around Antonio Brown's star for fewer than six months, the Raiders conceivably could want no part in acquiring another disgruntled player forcing his way out of the team that drafted him. If the Raider who spoke up is to be believed, the locker room might think it's worth the risk. 

Raiders injury report: Trent Brown among list of ailing offensive stars

Raiders injury report: Trent Brown among list of ailing offensive stars

ALAMEDA – The Raiders offense is a bit banged up right now. Several expensive or highly-touted members of that unit are limited or worse at practice, including a large section of skill players working through pain.

Right tackle Trent Brown was the biggest omission on Wednesday’s participation report, sidelined with a right knee injury that kept him out the closing moments of Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.

“He’s a tough guy,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “Hopefully he’s ready to go. We sure need him.”

The Raiders need some good news from an ailing receiver corps. Dwayne Harris could be in bad shape dealing with an ankle injury, which is why the Raiders traded for Green Bay’s Trevor Davis. He can help in the return game and bring speed to the receiver corps.

Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs are dealing with hip injuries, the Raiders announced on Wednesday, that left both guys limited in a practice that was dialed back to preserve health.

Williams and Jacobs also missed portions of a Sunday second quarter when the Chiefs went on a 28-point run, during which the Raiders offense couldn’t get a first down.

“It’s tough on all of us. It’s tough to call plays when you’re calling a play for a guy and he’s not there,” Gruden said. “Then you’re calling a play for another guy and he’s not there, so the emotional part of it you got to get over and you got to adjust kind of like playing on the road, or playing in London, or playing in Winnipeg. You just got to adjust. I’m really proud of those guys for coming back and giving us all they had and finishing the game and practicing today. They’re tough guys.”

J.J. Nelson also remains limited with an ankle injury, putting a strain on the receiver corps.

Ryan Grant, Hunter Renfrow and Keelan Doss are the only healthy receivers at this point, though it seems likely Williams will be ready by Sunday. The same goes for Jacobs, as vital as anyone to the Raiders success.

Here’s the full participation report:

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
RT Trent Brown (knee)
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

Limited practice
CB Gareon Conley (neck)
LB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder/knee)
RB Josh Jacobs (hip)
DT Corey Liuget (knee)
WR J.J. Nelson (ankle)
S Curtis Riley (hip)
WR Tyrell Williams (hip)