NFL rumors: Antonio Brown has 'extreme frostbite'; no timetable for return

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown has 'extreme frostbite'; no timetable for return

If there's smoke, there's probably fire. 

When rumors started circulating Tuesday that Raiders star receiver Antonio Brown's mysterious foot ailment was due to frostbite from not wearing proper footwear in a cryotherapy chamber, it seemed odd and truly unlikely. 

But with AB, nothing is out of the question.

It appears Brown's frostbite diagnosis, which first was reported by Pro Football Talk, might actually have some weight. 

On Wednesday, ESPN confirmed, citing a source, that Brown indeed had "suffered extreme frostbite" when he entered a cryochamber in France without the proper footwear and burned the bottom of his feet.

Brown left training camp last week to see a foot specialist and has not returned to Napa. 

As for the timetable for his return, that's pretty up in the air, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. 

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Brown only has gone through one partial practice during training camp. He posted a photo of the bottom of his feet on social media which showed layers of skin peeling off. 

The Raiders need Brown on the field ASAP in order to iron out the finer parts of the offense with quarterback Derek Carr, but it looks like No. 84 won't be donning the silver and black in the near future.

Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension


Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension

The Raiders officially became property of Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the Silver and Black made their first official move as Sin City residents Thursday. 

The team announced they signed cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension. After joining the Raiders last offseason, Lawson made five starts and played in 11 games for the Raiders, seeing a bulk of his time in the latter stages of the season when Daryl Worley and Lamarcus Joyner were banged up. 

Lawson will enter next season serving a one-game suspension. The Utah State product was ejected late in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos and was given a punishment for using his helmet as a weapon.

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After opening the season 6-4, the Raiders, overcome by injuries and lack of talent, limped to a 1-5 finish to end the season at 7-9.

With the litany of issues the Silver and Black faced in 2019, 7-9 should be viewed as a good record for a team that relied on a dynamic rookie class.

There are a lot of reasons for the Raiders to believe the future is bright, and they hope Lawson is a part of it.

Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland


Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

The Raiders started scrubbing Oakland from their name a few weeks back. Taking the city’s name off social media accounts was the most public step. Then, the team removed the word from the top of their Alameda training facility, where the organization will conduct business into July.

There were some legal maneuverings already in the works, and all that was a prelude to Wednesday's announcement.

The Silver and Black’s affiliation has formally changed: They are now the Las Vegas Raiders.

We all knew that was going to happen. The team applied for relocation to Las Vegas and the league approved it with a 31-1 vote back in March 2017. The Raiders remained in Oakland, with that name attached, for three seasons while their state-of-the-art stadium was being built just off the Las Vegas Strip.

On Wednesday afternoon, in front of the in-construction Allegiant Stadium, Nevada governor Steve Sisolak formally announced their new name. The announcement was made with owner Mark Davis, team president Marc Badain and several players in attendance, including quarterback Derek Carr, right tackle Trent Brown and tight end Darren Waller.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in LA," Davis said. "Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. On Jan. 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders. And today, Las Vegas becomes our nation's capital."

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The Raiders formally will move to Las Vegas after training camp in Napa, when their new training facility in nearby Henderson, Nev. will be complete.

The Silver and Black will execute free-agent signings, run the NFL draft and conduct their offseason program in Alameda. The team is scheduled to play in Las Vegas starting in the preseason.