Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown potentially joining the Raiders next week: 'Man, I hope so'

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor



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Antonio Brown is still at large as the Oakland Raiders wide receiver waits for his frostbitten feet to heal and the NFL to let him use a helmet deemed unsafe.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden addressed the media for the first time since Brown’s helmet grievance came to light on Friday following his team’s 14-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

For the most part, Gruden defended his star. The coach said Brown “didn’t do anything wrong” when he sustained his infamous cryotherapy injury and said the receiver’s helmet is a “personal matter to him.”

Of course, Gruden probably has to defend Brown given that he unloaded plenty of draft capital to land the volatile receiver from the Pittsburgh Steelers despite a litany of prior issues. And saying anything negative about Brown sure sounds like a great way to extend Brown’s absence from the team.

The Raiders reportedly hope Antonio Brown will return soon. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The Raiders reportedly hope Antonio Brown will return soon. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Brown has reportedly threatened to not play football again unless he gets to wear his old helmet model, as he apparently believes the new helmets interfere with his field of vision. Of course, every other pass catcher in the league now has to deal with that handicap.

For now, Brown is still away from the team while reportedly waiting for a decision on his helmet grievance. His return figures to be the biggest story of this season’s “Hard Knocks,” unless it isn’t.

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