Antonio Brown shuts down retirement rumors after losing his helmet grievance

Antonio Brown Isn't Going to Like the NFL's Official Statement on His Helmet

Antonio Brown Isn't Going to Like the NFL's Official Statement on His Helmet

The NFL does not permit players to use helmets that are not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, and that committee does not certify helmets with designs more than 10 years old.

It is considered "very unlikely" that Brown will appeal the decision, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Basically, he was never going to go through with retiring and thought he could use it as leverage. "I'm excited about this season [and] appreciate all the concerns about my feet!" "Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football. They don't certify equipment that's old than 10 years", McCarthy posted.

This all comes on the heels of multiple reports that Brown has gone AWOL while getting treatment on his frostbitten feet. According to a truly insane twitter thread by reporter Mike Silver, the helmet issue has created a disconnect between Brown and the team.

"I've been experimenting with a couple different ones", he said. "It doesn't make any sense".

Brown has yet to be a full participant in Raiders training camp practices while he deals with a bad case of frostbite on his feet, although he was cleared to practice on July 28.

Brown's coach Jon Gruden recently voiced support for his star player.

"I support this guy. I can't say I agree with all of them, certainly", Gruden said after the Raiders' 14-3 preseason victory over the L.A. Rams.

"It was a total accident and injury that he's looking to get right from, and hopefully, with all the people that have seen it, that he's gotten it cured, and he's ready to roll". It really wasn't his fault, and it's a serious injury.

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