Raiders finally acknowledge that Antonio Brown froze his feet in a cryotherapy chamber

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NFL Films, owned and operated by the NFL (including the Raiders), had nothing to say on Tuesday night’s debut of Hard Knocks regarding the reason for receiver Antonio Brown‘s inability to practice due to foot/feet problems. NFL Network, owned and operated by the NFL (including the Raiders), finally has confirmed that which first was revealed more than 24 hours earlier by Chris Simms on PFT Live.

Unnamed Raiders representative/players/whoever told Ian Rapoport of the NFL that, indeed, Brown injured his feet by entering a cryotherapy chamber without proper footwear.

Rapoport seems to hedge a bit with the report, explaining twice that the Raiders sources are “saying” that’s the reason for the foot/feet problem instead of just saying that, indeed, this is the issue. Maybe he just wanted to create the not-so-subtle impression that the reason for the foot/feet problem wasn’t already reported more than 24 hours earlier. Either way, there should be no skepticism about such a bizarre and specific reason for an injury — especially since the report had surfaced more than 24 hours earlier.

The fact that it happened in such an avoidable way explains why the Raiders opted to keep the reason for the foot/feet problem out of Hard Knocks. Disclosing that Brown did something that some would regard as dumb would make Brown look bad for doing it and, in turn, would make the Raiders look bad for putting so much emphasis on someone who would do something so dumb.

It will be interesting to see whether the next episode of Hard Knocks confirms the basis of the foot/feet problem. If it’s otherwise like last night’s debut, it may be the only thing interesting about it.

54 responses to “Raiders finally acknowledge that Antonio Brown froze his feet in a cryotherapy chamber

  1. They should check circulation in his feet.

    Obviously it was cold in there, but part of the problem might be that he wasn’t feeling what was happening.

  2. Lolz there was a photo posted on social media showing the bottoms of his feet and they are trashed. What a freaking idiot.

    Have fun Raiders fans, the cancer is already settling in.

  3. Why would the Raiders worry about making Antonion look dumb?

    Given his past behavior, he does a fine job of that all on his own.

  4. This guy is hilarious, he is a complete idiot, AND one of the greatest receivers that has ever lived. We need to not confuse his athletic prowess with his limited and bizaar cognitive abilities.
    Just enjoy and laugh…

  5. Freezing the feet is not a joke — its a serious injury that can lead to gangrene and amputation. I’m sure there are signs saying ‘wear shoes’ while using the chamber.

    The sad thing is that the injury is easily prevented with training identifying the dangers of the technology. There’s going to be a lawsuit.

  6. whoever owns and operates the cryothearpy chamber is at fault for negligence. That should have never happened. Better hope they have a several million dollar insurance policy.

  7. I’ve done cryotherapy at multiple different locations and this is mindblowingly dumb. Any location won’t even let you in without mittens for your hands and slippers PLUS socks for your feet, so he must have done this completely on his own.

    How anyone can think you can leave your extremities uncovered in temperatures well under -150 F is just…wow. WOW.

  8. Why is none of this drama surprising? The “coaching genius” surely has some frozen brain cells with the acquisition of Antonio Brown one of only several examples.

  9. What I wanna know how serious this is. Will he be playing week 1 or are his feet getting amputated due to severe frostbite? There don’t seem to be any reports on the severity of the situation.

  10. Frosbite is like a burn — can permanently damage the tissue. Can’t imagine having that injury on the bottom of my feet. Looked like on hard knocks, the issue was keeping him off his feet so they can heal. something he was fighting. So in the end, he is stupidly making a condition worse by compounding his original stupidity.

  11. Looks like we have the cast ready for the reboot of the “Dumb and Dumber” movie franchise.

  12. Freezing the feet is not a joke — its a serious injury that can lead to gangrene and amputation. I’m sure there are signs saying ‘wear shoes’ while using the chamber.

    The sad thing is that the injury is easily prevented with training identifying the dangers of the technology. There’s going to be a lawsuit.
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    Every chamber I’ve been in supplies you with slippers that are mandatory to wear while you cryo. Not sure what type of cryo-company he used, but this isn’t something that these companies aren’t aware of. My guess is he actually took them off while in the tank…

  13. Isn’t whole-body cryotherapy considered quackery anyway? What injury was he trying to treat? At least that Russel Wilson miracle water doesn’t cause additional damage.

    If Brown misses time due to a non-football injury (and presumably non-team approved treatment), could any of his guarantees be voided?

  14. Another “head case.’ The R-a-i-d-e-r-s can’t leave it alone. As they continue to betray their fans, by “relocating” to Las Vegas watch the fire works then. The temptations for the team will be fun/sad to watch. The league will be facing serious problems with two franchises run a muck. The Raiders and Chargers.

  15. Brown was previously a part of a very talented Offense in Pittsburgh; which ranked #4 in the NFL last year. He is now a part of the Raider Offense that ranked near the bottom of the league at #23; out of a total of 32 teams. A lot of working parts contribute to a team’s offensive ranking. The final word on Brown will be how he personally reacts to adversity, when/if the team is not having success, and he feels that he is not being used properly or enough. In the past, he has been highly emotional; last year throwing tantrums on the sideline when he felt that he was not getting the ball enough; and that was with the #4 ranked Offense in the league. What will happen in Oakland, with a much less talented offense is anyone’s guess. If the best indicator of “future behavior” is “past behavior;” problems could lie ahead.

  16. Somewhere in the Oakland area a trainer/handler is out of a job because it’s clear AB wasn’t under adult supervision at all times.

  17. Shouldn’t there be supervision for anyone using the chamber? A Cryotherapy technician?

    Seems somebody should have some explaining to do.A cryochamber isn’t a toy. It’s not like people give themselves xrays or chemotherapy.

  18. I don’t wish any player injury, ever. But I guess in light of this I’ll have to downgrade the Raiders from a max of 5 wins, to 4. The real fun part will be when we get to see Nathan Peterman tossing the rock.

  19. therealraider says:
    August 7, 2019 at 11:40 am
    I’m not an expert on frostbite.. but isn’t the damage usually permanent? I’ve heard of people even having to get their toes/feet removed..

    I am no expert either but I do believe there are degrees to frostbite like there are degrees to a burn. Mild frostbite should heal over time but it’s moderate to severe frostbite that could cause major issues.

  20. Disclosing that Brown did something that some would regard as dumb

    Only some would regard that as dumb?

  21. The Raiders will never return to their glory days until they get rid of the Davis ownership. Am I lying? Vegas will eat this franchise alive.

  22. What are the chances that AB bought his own tank and didn’t read the instructions, 90%?

  23. Next to his name in the NFL record books it should say, “Antonio Brown. First player in NFL history to freeze himself than ride in a hot air balloon.”

  24. Do you think the Raiders realized yet how big of a mistake it was to trade for this guy?

  25. Frostbite is no joke. Friend of mine lost four fingers trekking in the Himalayas. His fingers turned jet black before they were eventually amputated. I can’t (maybe I could) believe AB treated his tools of the trade in such a cavalier manner. I hope he recovers.

  26. It takes a long time for frostbite to fully heal. It may take a few weeks, but he’ll be able to play this season. However, every time it’s cold he’ll feel pain in his feet for many, many years.

  27. Nature has a way of compensating, brainiacs are awkward and out of shape, which leaves elite athletes with…. I know there are exceptions to everything, but not this time.

  28. Supposedly this cryo was in France, so maybe regs are different there, or maybe he disregarded the advice.

    Chao, who is not always on point, thinks his feet were already macerated (similar to trench foot) so more susceptible to cryo injury.

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