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Antonio Brown reportedly suffering from frostbitten feet, still no timetable for return to Raiders

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NFL: Oakland Raiders-OTA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There have been a lot of theories as to what is going on with Antonio Brown’s feet. One theory I heard from a source in the medical field was frostbite from improper or prolonged use of cryogenic boots. Now there’s a report from Chris Simms that is basically what the issue is.

The report says it is an issue of entering a cryogenic machine without using proper footwear. The boots are designed to lower swelling. Basically the same idea as using an ice pack. But direct contact with the skin will result in frostbite. In Brown’s case, it caused all the callouses on his feet to peel off, giving the appearance of large blisters.

This can be quite painful as the only skin remaining is the live skin and he must then rebuild the callouses on his feet.

Jon Gruden says he’s still completely in the dark as to what is going on with Brown and therefore has no timetable for a return of his star receiver.

“He’s gathering information and I’ll bring you up to speed when I know something,” Gruden said. “But I’m not going to sit up here and speculate anymore.

“I have no information until I hear.”

No one expects Brown to play in the preseason, but he was initially expected to only miss a small portion of training camp. Now it’s uncertain if he’ll participate in camp at all. Gruden wasn’t even willing to say if he is optimistic Brown will be ready for the season opener. That’s not to say he doubts Brown will be ready. He is just unwilling to comment on it at all being that he has no definitive information.

Maybe Hard Knocks will be able to shed some light on it.