Antonio Brown on Hard Knocks: I’m circumcised on my feet

AP

Hard Knocks didn’t wait long to address Antonio Brown‘s feet Tuesday night. Three minutes into the second episode of the season, the Raiders receiver’s burned feet took center stage.

“Do you want to see it?” Brown asked the NFL Films crew. “Are you sure you want to see it?”

Brown showed the bottoms of his blistered and cracked feet, which PFT Live co-host Chris Simms first reported were injured in a cryotherapy chamber.

“My feet is pretty much getting circumcised, right? Right? For real,” Brown said to the NFL Films cameras after pulling off his socks. “It’s kind of like a pull back right now. I’m [expletive] circumcised on my feet. Hopefully my feet are born again, and I figure to run faster. Feel sorry for me later.”

A week after not addressing the reason for Brown’s injured feet, Hard Knocks was more forthcoming in the second episode. Brown explained he was on vacation in Paris and, while training, sought cold therapy to recover.

Hard Knocks, though, never said Brown was wearing improper footwear in the crytherapy chamber.

“I got out, and I felt my foot burning,” Brown told the NFL Films crew. “I was like, ‘Man, I feel a hot sensation.’ The next like 24 hours it swelled up. It got really big. I couldn’t really walk or put pressure. The doctor came over, drained a little out. Scalpel the next day. Freaking scissors the next day. Just kind of let it leak all out. As everything leaked all out, I was able to put a little pressure. Thankfully, my trainer was working me out in the midst of my freaking. . . I can’t be on my feet.

“Now, it’s just like new skin, I’m just trying to get my feet used to feeling that, but I feel like I’ve just got a . . . big whoopee cushion. You know?”

Raiders coach Jon Gruden speaking to the team’s head athletic trainer, Rod Martin, called Brown’s hobbled feet a “a serious burn.” Martin added “frostbite.”

Brown then is shown leaving training camp.

Sprinkled into the rest of the episode are the questions — and non-answers — about when Brown will return.

General Manager Mike Mayock, who played no role in the first episode, is shown in the production meeting with the team’s broadcasters answering a question about Brown.

“He’s going to be fine,” Mayock said. “I’m not going to get into all the medical, because we’re not supposed to this time of year. But at the end of the day, he’s like a thoroughbred and he’s going to be fine. I’m hoping he’ll be back next week full speed.”

Brown did indeed return Tuesday. It remains to be seen when he will practice again, though. Brown last practiced July 30.

Brent Musburger, the team’s play-by-play voice, asked Gruden in the production meeting how concerned the coach was about Brown’s absence.

“I’m concerned,” Gruden said. “We’re missing time here. I’ve always said, ‘Time spent; value received.’ You’ve got to spend time at this. So we’re concerned. We’re optimistic, but we’re concerned.”

Hard Knocks didn’t spend much time on Brown’s helmet issue, showing an NFL Network clip about Brown’s grievance against the NFL near the end of the episode but teased it for next week. Tuesday’s episode ended with Brown returning to camp.

To be continued, in other words.

42 responses to “Antonio Brown on Hard Knocks: I’m circumcised on my feet

  1. The Raiders will rue the day they added this manchild to their team. Who is going to “bond” with this guy?

  2. regardless of which team has to go through this extremely painful hard knocks BS, its got to be a serious distraction. why the NFL thinks makes the league more appealing to the average fan is a mystery. its 90% boring with 10% stuff that the organization agrees to put on the show. its not provocative because fans are more informed than ever before.

  3. I think Brown had his head in the cryo unit. This dude is a serious wackadoo.

    Pittsburgh, it turns out, was a lot smarter than most thought then they traded him to the Raiders.

  4. They might as well cancel hard knocks. The biggest offseason news stories happening in front of their cameras and can barely find time to mention them and when they do it is in the most sanitized way.

  5. CTE. Has to be. This guy could not have been this insane when he earned his way up and became an All-Pro.

  6. The absolute worst thing about 2019 preseason is hearing from and about this guy every day.

  7. tfootball1234 says:
    August 14, 2019 at 1:04 am
    regardless of which team has to go through this extremely painful hard knocks BS, its got to be a serious distraction. why the NFL thinks makes the league more appealing to the average fan is a mystery. its 90% boring with 10% stuff that the organization agrees to put on the show. its not provocative because fans are more informed than ever before.

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    Some of us actually enjoy seeing the behind the scenes of our team.

  8. I’d really like to know what Gruden and Mayock say about AB when the cameras are off. There’s just something… off about AB.

  9. Is there not some attendant at the cryo place making sure people were the proper attire when using these? Imagine if that was your whole body.

  10. All AB all the time. What’s HBO paying this cat to entertain a nation and the sports media? He’s making copy easy for you guys. He deserves a cut. Maybe the team should road trip to Nevada and stage an invasion of AREA 51 to see if they can find some aliens. HBO would eat that up.

  11. At the end if the day talent always wins out so all you gleefully saying enjoy AB Raiders! blah blah blah can say that at this moment when no games on the line when the season rolls around and if he balls out like he has throughout most his career it will tamp down a lot of the chatter here on PFT. It’s always different when actual games are on the line.

    Is he a headache? Yes. Does he bring off field childish nonsense to the field? Yes. Does he care about his numbers more than the team? Yes but come on…let’s not be naive here. There’s likely a number of players that care more about their numbers then the team. You could probably even find some on the saintly Patriots. The thing is top receivers in the league seem to be where you find the most divas. Terrell Owens was narcissistic, Randy Moss told us he played when he wants to play, Odell Beckham had some maturity issues and AB is eccentric and childish…..but at the end of the day they all produced at an all pro level and until they can’t anymore I would want anyone of them on my team. Heck the Steelers were the ones trying to keep AB initially when he went nuclear to force a trade.

  12. & they haven’t even started playing in Vegas yet….,,
    Gee what could possibly add to the dysfunction there???!!
    Get your popcorn ready….. the shows just getting started!!!

  13. Is there not some attendant at the cryo place making sure people were the proper attire when using these? Imagine if that was your whole body.
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    Maybe not in Europe. Where you are personally responsible for the the decisions you make and there are nobody to sue if you made a dumb one.

  14. Head case. These owners just don’t get it. These head cases are focused only on themselves and couldn’t care less about the teams they play for.

  15. The average NFL player down in the trenches last only a few years then leaves crippled and broke. Owners should stop shoveling huge amounts of money to the nut cases and spread the money around.

  16. raiderdave0109 says:
    August 14, 2019 at 8:38 am
    tfootball1234 says:
    August 14, 2019 at 1:04 am
    regardless of which team has to go through this extremely painful hard knocks BS, its got to be a serious distraction. why the NFL thinks makes the league more appealing to the average fan is a mystery. its 90% boring with 10% stuff that the organization agrees to put on the show. its not provocative because fans are more informed than ever before.

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    Some of us actually enjoy seeing the behind the scenes of our team.

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    As a Raiders fan that’s pretty much all you have. You certainly can’t much enjoy the hot mess that is the actual season

  17. What does BB say – We don’t collect talent, we build a team (paraphrased). So Pittsburg, you are better off without him – and Bell.

  18. LOL this whole fiasco reminds me of the comic genius of Young Frankenstein:

    Coach Gruden as (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)
    Igor, would you mind telling me whose brain I did put in?

    Head athletic trainer, Rod Martin as (Igor )
    And you won’t be angry?

    Coach Gruden as (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)
    I will NOT be angry.

    Head athletic trainer, Rod Martin as (Igor )
    Abby someone.

    Coach Gruden as (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)
    Abby someone. Abby who?

    Head athletic trainer, Rod Martin as (Igor )

    Abby Normal.

    Coach Gruden as (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)
    Abby Normal?

    Head athletic trainer, Rod Martin as (Igor )

    I’m almost sure that was the name.

    Coach Gruden as (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)
    Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a five foot 10 inch, forty-one inch wide DIVA with circumcised feet? IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TELLING ME?

  19. harshedmellow says:
    August 14, 2019 at 1:20 am
    Landing & cutting hard on bad feet will blow up other leg parts. Mark my words.

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    Yep, got to compensate for it somewhere. The injury will be re-distributed to another part of his legs.

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