Raiders general manager Mike Mayock clearly was not going to hold back as to the reason for AB's absence, and the general manager's statement of: "He's all in or he's all out", nearly feels like an ultimatum.
"You all know that AB is not here today, right?" "So, here's the bottom line". "We've supported that - we appreciate that, OK?"
Mayock added the Raiders supported Brown through his grievance with the National Football League and search for his preferred helmet model, but have to know whether the star receiver is "all-in or all-out". So, we're hoping he's back soon. We've got 89 guys out here busting their tails. And we hope A.B's going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. "End of story. No questions. OK?"
"He did everything with us just now", quarterback Derek Carr said. Brown was away from the team for the majority of camp because of his desire to use his old helmet model that is no longer legal in the NFL. Now that the foot injury appears to be behind him, there's been another controversy following Brown.
The Raiders have seemed as supportive as they can be while Brown has done everything he can to push the National Football League into letting him use his helmet.
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The Uruguay forward, who played for just 37 minutes was said to have injured his right calf and does not have a specific date of return.
You can only fault Brown so much for the time missed with frostbite since it was due to an accident, but sitting out of practice over the helmet is another issue. Mayock told a group of beat reporters as practice began Sunday afternoon.
Brown has threatened to sit out if he doesn't get to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet he has worn his entire career.
Brown ran routes and caught passes on Thursday in Arizona ahead of the team's second exhibition game and also was part of Oakland's walkthrough back in California over the weekend.
The Raiders traded third- and fifth-round picks to Pittsburgh for Brown, and subsequently reworked his contract to pay out $50 million over three seasons, including $30 million guaranteed. I'm healthy. I love to play the game. Mayock said Brown's unhappy about the helmet, not that his feet are preventing him from being on the field. He and Rosenhaus have stated that they are willing to work within the system to find a helmet suitable for Brown to wear and feel safe playing in.