NFL rumors: Antonio Brown files second grievance with NFL over helmet issue

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown files second grievance with NFL over helmet issue

Antonio Brown really, really wants to wear the helmet he's worn most of his athletic life, and isn't taking no for an answer. 

The superstar Raiders receiver has filed a second grievance against the ruling refusing his request to wear the Schutt Air Advantage helmet which has been discontinued and has not been certified by the NOCSAE, according to Pro Football Talk. The independent body that regulates athletic safety does don't certify helmets more than 10 years old for use. 

AB’s initial grievance was denied by an independent arbitrator assigned by the NFL and NFLPA on Aug. 12. He thought he found a loophole. His representatives believed he could wear his preferred helmet if he found one less than 10 years old and could get it re-conditioned. Brown's camp crowd-sourced the effort and acquired several helmets that fit that description. 

They submitted a 2011 model, which the NFL and NFLPA mandated be re-tested by an Ottowa-based laboratory. The helmet failed that test. 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 Schutt Air Advantage was not on the NFL/NFLPA list of prohibited helmets sent out in April because it was never tested due to it being outdated. The failed test of the 2011 model essentially banned that helmet from use. 

Brown was informed of the Air Advantage's failed test, and he expressed displeasure with that news on social media using inappropriate terms. After proving healthy enough to join the Raiders for pregame warmups before Thursday's exhibition at Arizona and two Saturday walk-through practices, which are conducted without helmets, he left the Raiders training camp facility and did not practice Sunday with his team. 

That prompted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock to release a statement Sunday, with a clear message that Brown needs to decide whether he is “all-in or all-out." Brown rejoined the team Monday morning for a team meeting as training camp broke, but his helmet fight was far from over. 

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This grievance, according to PFT, argues that Brown wasn't given a one-year grace period that others received to wear outdated helmets, or those no longer certified. Because the Schutt Air Advantage wasn't previously banned, Brown could argue he never used the grace period. According to NFLN, Brown's grievance could be heard soon.

It's ultimately uncertain if Brown will practice with the Raiders on Tuesday, considering his helmet issue remains up in the air. He has a strong allegiance to the helmet, claiming it helps his vision.  

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice Thursday

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice Thursday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders desperately need running back Josh Jacobs and right tackle Trent Brown available for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Both players have spent significant time playing through pain, and that very well could happen again this week.

Jacobs has been dealing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7. Brown has missed one game, but has played through ankle and knee injuries thus far this season. Now, he has a pectoral ailment keeping him out of practice.

Brown has played through a ton of pain and could well do so again.

“He’s had a number of different injuries throughout this season,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “Nagging injuries more than anything else as you’ve seen. He’s missed practice but he has been ready to go on Sunday.”

Jacobs volunteered on social media that his shoulder is fractured, and him missing practice enitrely -- instead of being limited -- is a slight difference from previous weeks.

The Raiders try to manage his workload during the week to get him as ready as possible for game day.

“We would never put a player in harm, but we’ve managed him and he’s been honest with us in terms of the injury,” Olson said. “Our training staff has done a great job really throughout the week making sure he’s ready to go on Sundays.”

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Right guard Gabe Jackson did not participate in Thursday’s session after being considered limited for a Wednesday walk-through conducted indoors. His participation level on Friday will give further indication of his readiness for Sunday.

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

ALAMEDA – The Raiders stink. They’re a terrible team after blowout losses against the Jets and Chiefs despite being truly amazing just over a fortnight’s past, when they were coming off a three-game winning streak that made them NFL darlings and a resurgent playoff contender.

That’s the same team we’re talking about, One coming off dramatically different results that have a once confident fan base pulling its hair out heading into Sunday’s vital matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

A win against them at Oakland Coliseum and all is right in the world (again). Lose and it’s apocalypse now.

“I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this game. You rewind two weeks ago, we were the greatest story in the NFL and two weeks later we suck again, so I think we’ll be alright. (laughter) We are just going to keep grinding. We’re going to stick to what we do.”

Carr admits they’ll have to do better, especially on offense. The passing game is stuck in neutral, revving its engine without moving an inch.

That’s large part receiver issues – Jon Gruden says he’s shaking up that position group this week – and some lackluster quarterback play with two pick-sixes in the last two games. Can’t have that, plain and simple. The Raiders can’t afford the penalty issues plaguing them recently. They can’t afford the nine-quarter touchdown drought that stretched from the Bengals game through the Jets contest and deep into the Chiefs embarrassment. The Raiders beat the Bengals but have been outscored 74-21 in two losses since.

“We’ve had a rough two weeks,” Carr said. “I’ve had a rough two weeks. It’s time to get back on track, it’s time to get back in our stadium, it’s time to be efficient on offense, it’s time to win. I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team.”

The Raiders' offense must find a groove after hitting a rough patch, but let’s not forget this unit posted 24 or more points for six straight weeks. They can get going again by finding old magic. The key, Carr says, is staying on schedule and staying balanced. They have to start strong – they aren’t built to overcome large deficits – and avoid major mistakes.

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That’s how the Raiders did it before. That’s how they can do it again.

“Our execution has not been good enough at all,” Carr said. “Like executing the plays to every detail hasn’t been good enough at all. Turning the ball over myself. I don’t do that. I don’t want to do that. Never been something I’ve wanted to do or been a part of my game and so it doesn’t matter how it happened or why it happened, it happened, and we have to eliminate the turnovers and that starts with me.”