Posted: 8/19/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown has filed another grievance against the NFL because he believes he should receive a one-year grace period to phase out his helmet during the 2019 season.
Huddle Up: Brown is still trying to play with his old helmet, and a decision on the matter should occur later this week. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy receiver still but has become a riskier option because of this situation.
Posted: 8/19/2019 9:08 am UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: This helmet debacle may not be over, and Brown could start slipping in drafts. He's a mid-to-low WR1 at the moment.
Posted: 8/18/2019 9:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown saw the NFL and NFLPA work hand in hand on his helmet issue. Earlier this week, they jointly said the helmet model Brown wants to use would be tested at the same lab in Ottawa as other helmets. Brown's model failed, and NFL and NFLPA engineers concurred, so the helmet may not be worn.
Huddle Up: The helmet saga doesn't appear close to ending anytime soon. When Brown is on the field he is such a talent, but fantasy owners would be wise to steer far clear of this mess and let it be someone else's problem.
Posted: 8/18/2019 2:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown wasn't at practice Sunday, Aug. 18, because he's upset about his ongoing helmet issue with the NFL. General manager Mike Mayock said the team has 'exhausted all avenues' and it's time for Brown to be 'all in or all out.'
Huddle Up: And we're right back to square one with AB. While he's indisputably one of the best receivers in fantasy football, there's once again a legitimate chance he sits out the entire season, or more. He's far too risky to draft in the first round.
Posted: 8/17/2019 3:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (feet) fully participated in the team's walkthrough Saturday, Aug. 17, and should return to practice in the near future, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Brown probably will not play in any preseason games but should be ready for the start of the regular season. He will be playing with a new quarterback this season but should continue to be a No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Posted: 8/16/2019 9:08 am UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (foot) fired back Thursday, Aug. 15, at an Adam Schefter report saying Brown would retire if he couldn't play with his preferred helmet. 'I don't know where they got that, who made that up, either,' Brown said following the team's preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals. 'Why would I retire, man? I've got a beautiful career. I'm healthy. I love to play the game... I'm grateful to play the game'
Huddle Up: Most of the Brown drama will hopefully end once the preseason does, and he can get back to being one of the most dominant wide receivers in the game. Value him as a low-end WR1.
Posted: 8/15/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (foot) is expected to return to practice in the near future.
Huddle Up: Brown has missed most of training camp because of the frostbite on his feet but probably will be on the field at some point next week. He needs to build chemistry with Derek Carr but is still a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 8/13/2019 1:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown will return to the team's facility Tuesday, Aug. 13, after his grievance on equipment was denied.
Huddle Up: It looks like the latest fiasco is in the rearview, and the WR1 can focus on getting into gear for the regular season.
Posted: 8/12/2019 8:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown had his grievance against the NFL regarding the wearing his old helmet - which no longer meets the requirements set forth by the league - denied by an arbitrator Monday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Brown took to a relaxed approach to Instragram shortly after the decision was announced, saying he "is working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field." The next question is when his frostbitten feet will allow him to get in a full practice; he's already missed two weeks of bonding time with Derek Carr. With the receiver position as deep as it is, owners are justified in passing on him in drafts if they want to avoid the headache that comes along with owning him in fantasy.
Posted: 8/12/2019 12:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown would be in breach of contract and won't get paid if he doesn't practice or play, according to the NFL policy. The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved by the NOSCAE, which doesn't certify equipment that's more than 10 years old.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on the latest saga for the WR1, who is threatening to retire because of a helmet issue.