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Source: Raiders' Antonio Brown has second helmet grievance heard

Source: Raiders' Antonio Brown has second helmet grievance heard

Antonio Brown has had his latest helmet grievance heard.

The Raiders receiver has continued to fight for the right to wear his preferred helmet, a Schutt AiR Advantage that has been discontinued, and is generally considered too old to be traditionally certified. Last week, it failed an independent safety test.

His first grievance to wear this helmet was denied on Aug. 12 by an independent arbitrator, but he filed a second one on Monday. That hearing was held on Friday morning, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area, with a ruling expected early next week. ESPN was first to report the news. 

Brown is arguing that, since the Schutt AiR Advantage wasn’t formally banned by the NFL/NFLPA, he wasn’t given a one-year grace period afforded several others now forced to switch helmets. He has also claimed that the NFL/NFLPA is randomly applying the rule regarding his helmet situation.

A ruling is expected soon. His first grievance was filed on Aug. 9 and ruled upon the next business day, with a weekend in between.

A second ruling could come in a similar fashion.

As usual, the NFL and the NFLPA had representatives in the hearing. Brown participated by phone.

Brown believed he found a loophole that would allow him to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage, if he could find a model made less than 10 years ago. He found a few, but they were subject to lab testing, a rule that surprised Brown’s camp. Then that helmet failed a test, essentially banning all models of the helmet.

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In theory, this should grievance should be it.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN that Brown won’t miss time with the Raiders regardless of the arbitrator’s ruling. He has been wearing a Schutt Vengence Z10 helmet, an approved and certified helmet, in recent football activity where a helmet is required.

Anonymous Raider really wants Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey traded to Oakland

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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

WEDNESDAY
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)