Antonio Brown returns to Raiders amid helmet tiff, per reports

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY
Published 12: 36 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2019 | Updated 1: 18 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYMaybe Antonio Brown took in the message from his team.One day after Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said the organization needed to know whether Brown was “all-in or all-out” amid an extended conflict about finding a permissible helmet, the wide receiver rejoined the team Monday for a meeting, according to multiple reports.No practice or walk-through was scheduled for Monday as the team wrapped up training camp in Napa, California.On Sunday, Mayock said the Raiders had supported Brown in his ongoing conflict with the NFL as the four-time all-pro seeks to find a version of his prior model that the league will clear. The Schutt AiR Advantage model Brown has worn throughout his career is more than 10 years old and thus cannot be certified by the National Operating Commission on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). “You all know that A.B. is not here today. So here’s the bottom line. He’s pretty upset about the helmet issue,” Mayock said. “We have supported that. We appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all-in or all-out. So we’re hoping he’s back soon.” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said earlier Monday that his camp was still looking for a remedy that would allow Brown to wear a helmet with which he is comfortable.”I’ve talked to Mike (Mayock) multiple times (Sunday). We are on the same page, we are working together,” Rosenhaus said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” “We’re trying to iron this out so everything can go smoothly the rest of the season. We’re looking for a permanent solution.”Brown, who is also recovering from frostbite on his feet sustained during a cryotherapy session, previously remained out of training camp workouts while he petitioned the NFL to be allowed to wear his old helmet. After losing his grievance last Monday, he rejoined the team the following day and told reporters to “stay tuned” for his return to action. He then was absent for Sunday’s session, however.Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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