This morning Antonio Brown was in attendance at the team’s walk-thru, which is done without helmets. And once the team donned helmets for stretching, Brown left the field.
The plot thickens. Teammates put on helmets for stretching. Antonio Brown heads in to performance center. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/gFYSLpnGXw— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) August 20, 2019
Brown left his teammates and headed for the weight room.
Then Brown came back onto the field to stretch, but still no helmet.
AB is back on the field to stretch. pic.twitter.com/L8t1wAHvsb— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) August 20, 2019
This is where the media window closed. It appeared at that time as if when the Raiders did anything with helmets, it wouldn’t include Antonio Brown. That he would continue to try to appease his coaches and GM by being present, but dig in his heels on the helmet issue.
Following practice, Brown was seen leaving the field with a helmet in his hand. Jon Gruden then stepped to the podium and said Brown wore a helmet for practice after the stretching period and practiced with the team. Said Antonio Brown is “All in and ready to go.”
Gruden said Antonio Brown used a certified helmet today. “He’s all in. Ready to go.” ... doesn’t think feet are an issue anymore— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 20, 2019
The “He’s all in” portion of that statement is important. It comes on the heels of Raiders GM Mike Mayock giving Brown an ultimatum to Brown by saying “It’s time for him to be all in or all out.” That was prompted by Brown missing the team’s final training camp practice in Alameda while he was still fighting the league with regard to wanting to wear his old helmet. And it appears to have successfully gotten him back to practice with a helmet.
The issue seems to be put to bed for now.