Antonio Brown might not want to give up his crusade to wear his preferred helmet, but it looks like it's a losing battle.
Brown returned to Raiders training camp last week after losing his grievance with the NFL to wear the Schutt Air Advantage helmet that he has worn his entire career. The star receiver and his camp believed they were close to finding a solution to the headache-inducing helmet problem, but that apparently is not the case.
The seven-time Pro-Bowl selection went through a walkthrough with the Raiders on Saturday and appeared to be ready to go following the mysterious case of frostbitten feet that has plagued him for the past few weeks. Brown reportedly found a Schutt Air Advantage that was manufactured in 2011 and believed that since it was within the 10-year window he would be cleared to wear it. But the NFL reportedly changed its position and required the helmet to be tested. It reportedly failed the test and Brown left Raiders camp again to try and solve his helmet conundrum.
While Brown's preferred method of solving his problem involves him finding a Schutt Air Advantage that will pass the certification test, a league source told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair that the Schutt Air Advantage now has been placed on the NFL's list of unapproved helmets. All models.
Per source, Brown's camp submitted a 2011 version of the Schutt Air Advantage for independent lab testing. It failed that test. Brown's camp was informed on Saturday.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 18, 2019
After formally failing the test, the Schutt Air Advantage is now on the NFL/NFLPA's list of prohibited helmets.
General manager Mike Mayock delivered a public ultimatum to his star receiver Sunday, telling Brown he needs to be "all-in or all-out."
In an attempt to be "all-in," Brown's camp reportedly sent the NFL two other models of the Schutt Air Advantage, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but those, obviously, are not expected to pass.
#Raiders WR Antonio Brown may not yet be out of options. My understanding is two more helmets — same Schutt AiR Advantage that he prefers — are being tested for possible use. They were made in different years than his original one tested. A 2014 and a 2010.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2019
More on this: In the minds of the testers, this is all moot. A Schutt AiR Advantage was tested and failed. The determination was that AB must wear an approved helmet. https://t.co/y1a66ZiL7g— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2019
The Raiders had a team meeting Monday that Brown attended, but they did not practice. Practice will resume Tuesday in Alameda before the Raiders head to Winnipeg to face the Packers in their third preseason game. If Brown is a full participant Tuesday that could show he's about to put the helmet issue behind him.
With the regular season quickly approaching, Brown will need to find a remedy for his helmet issue quickly if he and the Raiders plan to hit the ground running in Week 1.