No sign of Antonio Brown for first day of joint practices with Rams

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Training camp goes up a notch for the Raiders on Wednesday, but the team’s biggest free-agency arrival won’t be there for it.

As noted by Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, receiver Antonio Brown remains absent as the Raiders welcome the Rams for two days of joint practice. It will be the eighth practice that Brown has missed, due to feet that were frozen by entering a cryotherapy chamber without proper footwear.

“It’s good to go against a different scheme,” quarterback Derek Carr said regarding the joint practices, via Gehlken. “I really enjoy it and especially when it’s two really professional teams that aren’t trying to prove their manhood or prove their toughness to each other. Obviously, football is a physical game, but when there are just fights and brawls, I think that’s pointless.”

Five years ago, during Carr’s rookie season, the Raiders and Cowboys got into a knock-down-drag-out fight during training camp at Oxnard, California. The following year, the Rams and Cowboys rumbled in Oxnard. Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Rams coach Sean McVay, who worked together in Tampa and who remain good friends, surely will try to avoid any joint-practice ugliness.

The Raiders and Rams will meet in a preseason game on Saturday night in Oakland. Brown surely won’t be playing. Although his condition has been downplayed by the Raiders, it’s clear that it’s not minor. At some point, the Raiders need to start worrying about whether he’ll be available for Week One — and if so whether he’ll be effective.

19 responses to “No sign of Antonio Brown for first day of joint practices with Rams

  1. “It’s good to go against a different scheme,” quarterback Derek Carr said regarding the joint practices, via Gehlken. “I really enjoy it and especially when it’s two really professional teams that aren’t trying to prove their manhood or prove their toughness to each other“

    Well…..one really professional team and the other bottom-dweller team known as The Raiders

  2. “ due to feet that were frozen by entering a cryotherapy chamber without proper footwear.”

    It just leaves you speechless. Jason Pierre-Paul and his fireworks mishap thinks this is stupid.

  3. “due to feet that were frozen by entering a cryotherapy chamber without proper footwear.”

    ??????????????

    I don’t really know what one of these is, but shouldn’t there be an attendant there to say “whoa” before someone enters unprepared? I enjoy a good Brown bashing with the best of them, but this doesn’t sound like it’s his fault.

  4. Didn’t u see hard knocks? AB is as good as ever, he’ll be fine. Has to stay off his feet. I hope this helps him drop to me in all my fantasy leagues.

  5. Hey Aaron Rodgers, this is how you answer that question. With class and respect. And here i am calling a Raider classy. It’s training camp for all of us.

  6. The moronic trade for Antonio Brown (like the idiotic trading away of Khalil Mack) was 100% Gruden’s idea. Although in the case of the Brown fiasco, Mike Mayock will shoulder the blame for Gruden’s mess.

  7. If you saw the photo of the bottoms of his feet posted on social media, you would know he won’t be on the field possibly for another couple weeks. The skin on the bottom of both feet was destroyed, and fell off in huge chunks. The very tender lower layers of skin underneath the harder calloused skin that was destroyed is what he’s walking on, with a few chunks of dead outer skin still there.

    How much are the Raiders paying this idiot?

  8. This is almost as stupid as Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg in NYC then serving almost 2 years in the pokey for violation of NYC’s firearms law. Also, once frostbite has occurred there is an increased sensitivity to cold and a greater risk of severe frostbite occurring again. I wonder how that is going to play out for this narcissistic idiot (Brown) in cold weather games outdoors. Finally, was the Raiders medical staff aware of this treatment taking place and did they sanction it?

  9. Maybe next time..read the instructions..I mean – did no one tell him what he was supposed to wear. And why the heck did he have to go to France for this…pretty weird…The steelers are probably starting to think they got lucky..

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