The end of Antonio Brown's helmet saga? Raiders WR loses second helmet-related grievance

CLOSEAntonio Brown’s helmet saga may finally be over.The Oakland Raiders wideout lost his second helmet-related grievance last week, a person familiar with the decision confirmed to USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones on Sunday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the matter.Brown has spent much of the preseason trying to figure out a way to continue wearing the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet that he has worn throughout his career, even though it has been banned because it is more than 10 years old. (The NFL and NFL Players’ Association mandate that helmets be certified by the National Operating Commission on Standards for Athletic Equipment, and the commission will not certify a helmet that is more than a decade old.)The helmet issue prompted Brown to skip multiple practices in protest and created tension between the Raiders and their newly-acquired star receiver.LUCK’S LEGACY: Andrew Luck’s legacy will be defined in a different way. And that’s a good thingRG3 ON LUCK: Robert Griffin III praises Andrew Luck’s ‘courage’ to go out on his own termsBrown filed a grievance with the NFL earlier this month in an attempt to continue wearing his old helmet, but his case was dismissed by an arbitrator. He filed a second grievance after pursuing an apparent loophole in the rules; he found a model of the helmet that was less than 10 years old. But the helmet did not pass a safety test administered by the NFL and NFL Players’ Association, according to The Associated Press.Brown’s second grievance was an attempt to negotiate a one-year grace period for the newly-tested helmet, but it was rejected because there was already a grace period for all players who wore banned helmets last year.The helmet saga is just one of the strange story lines that have centered around Brown this preseason. The seven-time Pro Bowl honoree has also been sidelined after injuring his feet in a cryotherapy chamber.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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