Less than five days after a credible report suggested that Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was willing to talk away from football if he wasn't allowed to continue using his helmet, Brown appears to have taken a deep breath and come to his senses.
Per Mike Florio and Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, the 31-year-old wide receiver will return to Harbor Bay Parkway - where the Raiders practice facility is - Tuesday.
Brown did file a grievance with the NFL after they forced him to change from the helmet that he's used at least for the last decade because NOSCAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) doesn't clear helmets more than 10 years old. That grievance was heard Monday, Brown lost, and while he made sure to voice on Instagram that he didn't agree with the ruling, he said he was "working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field."
That's the thing; the helmet issue may be out of the way now (if we believe that it is), but Brown isn't ready to be a full participant in practice two days before the Raiders host the Arizona Cardinals for their second preseason game of the year. He's still working his way back from an injury to both of his feet that he apparently sustained by not wearing the "proper footwear" into a cryotherapy chamber. It's unclear how far he's progressed from that injury.
In an unrelated note, the second episode of Hard Knocks starring the Raiders will premiere on HBO tonight.