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Brown skips practice over helmet issue, Raiders GM says 'time for him to be all in or out'

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 8/18/2019 Jack Baer

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We thought it was over. We thought Antonio Brown had accepted he would not be able to wear his old Schutt AiR Advantage helmet after predictably losing his grievance against the NFL. We thought Brown was ready to start the season after participating in pregame drills with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

But things are never over with Antonio Brown, apparently.

Brown skipped Raiders practice on Saturday over the helmet issue, which Raiders general manager Mike Mayock later announced to the media. Mayock did not seem happy about the situation.

Mayock’s full statement:

You all know that AB is not here today. So here’s the bottom line. He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that, OK? But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out. So we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going. And we hope AB’s going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story, no questions.

Brown skipping practice comes after posting on Twitter that he was the victim of “Super Prejudice” because the NFL reportedly closed a loophole that would have allowed the wide receiver to use a Schutt AiR Advantage that was less than 10 years old.

The 31-year-old seemed intent on taking advantage of that loophole, asking the public if anyone had a helmet for him to wear. With those plans quashed, Brown is out of practice again after missing a major portion of camp due to his infamous cryotherapy frostbite injury.

And the Raiders seem to be running out of patience.

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