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Cary Erickson | 19 August, 2019, 12:01

On Sunday, Brown skipped out on practice, drawing some stern words from general manager Mike Mayock.

"You all know that A.B.is not here today".

"Here's the bottom line", Mayock began. "We've supported that - we appreciate that, OK?" From our perspective, it's time for him to be all-in or all-out. "We're hoping he's back soon". "I feel like we have guys with speed, guys with size, guys that work in the slot". And we hope A.B's going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions, OK?

We thought it would be a little fun to revisit Mayock's comments on The Dan Patrick Show shortly after acquiring Brown in March to see just how much Mayock has changed his tune.

It was later reported Brown was dealing with frostbitten feet after a cryotherapy equipment mishap. Only helmets certified by an independent safety body (NOCSAE) are eligible for use, and helmets over 10 years old are not eligible for certification.

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He might rethink it now after seeing what happened today, ' Langer said on Saturday. (He) was brilliant. Everything he did was according to the protocol, he was very thorough and we know he's very thorough.

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown was a full participant in the team's walkthrough on Saturday and could be a full participant as soon as Sunday, head coach Jon Gruden told reporters. The All-Pro receiver was acquired this off-season in a trade with the Steelers.

Welcome to Antonio Brown's world as he concludes his first training camp with the Oakland Raiders, while continuing his development with quarterback Derek Carr.

Rosenhaus didn't specify what avenue might be left for Brown, but he claimed the helmet fight is still an "ongoing process" and that they're working with the Raiders, the National Football League and the NFLPA to come up with a solution for a problem that was announced 18 months ago. He participated in one warmup and part of one practice before leaving the team briefly to get treatment and deal with a grievance with the National Football League over his helmet.

The Raiders have seemingly been plenty patient and supportive of Brown's quest to wear his old helmet, at least up to this point, but it hasn't exactly paid dividends.

"That's the mental game we're going to have to play, me and Coach Gruden. but it's nice to have him and I can play it like a real game and where I'd go and what I'd do".