Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Star wideout Antonio Brown to rejoin the Oakland Raiders

The football future of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is in doubt AP The football future of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is in doubt
Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2019, 18:11

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy noted that NFL policy states that helmets have to be certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and that it doesn't clear equipment that is older than 10 years.

Brown is in a massive feud with the league over his favorite Schutt helmet. with the NFL barring the superstar wide out from wearing the headgear he's donned for the past decade. "They don't certify equipment that's old than 10 years". An arbitrator ruled Brown can't play in his old helmet.

Raiders teammates and coaches only saw a small glimpse of Brown on the field in camp, and when he's out there, it certainly elevates everybody else with his preparation and how he practices.

Brown, acquired by Oakland in a trade for a third- and a fifth-round pick in March from the Pittsburgh Steelers and promptly given a three-year, $50.125 million contract, had reportedly threatened to retire if he was not allowed to wear his helmet.

This all comes on the heels of multiple reports that Brown has gone AWOL while getting treatment on his frostbitten feet. However, some of the older models can no longer stand up to the rigorous safety testing the league requires.

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"It's been a long time coming, so I knew like anybody, the rules are the rules so you've got to evolve with them", Witten said.

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the story via Twitter, writing: "Raiders' WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he gets to wear his old helmet, he will not play football again, per league sources".

Among other players granted a one-year exemption for outdated helmets for the 2018 season were Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Players aren't allowed to play or practice unless they have approved helmets.