Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown will play Week One

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The status of Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has been the biggest question of the NFL preseason, with Brown missing time both because he injured his feet in a cryotherapy session gone wrong, and because he was fighting the league to get permission to wear his preferred helmet. But Raiders coach Jon Gruden says there’s no question about Brown’s status for the start of the season.

Asked today if Brown will play Week One, Gruden answered, “Oh yeah. Yep.”

For his part, Brown told reporters he’s not sure when his feet will be healthy enough for him to practice. But he sounded an optimistic note about his ability to return.

Brown has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL over the last several years, a point that can sometimes be forgotten amid all the off-field nonsense that surrounds him. Perhaps he can remind everyone of what kind of player he is when the Raiders open the season on Monday, September 9 against the Broncos.

42 responses to “Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown will play Week One

  1. HA! Coach Gruden, He’s already been playing… You and the Raiders orgnization for weeks now!

  2. Idiot can’t figure out if he wants another helmet or he won’t play. What a loser, he better keep playing football, cause he sure won’t be good at anything else.

  3. Of course he will. This was nothing more than a diva’s clever but selfish stunt to avoid the hard work of camp and the risk of injury in preseason.

  4. I wouldn’t bet on that if I were Chucky. AB has a case of cold feet he doesn’t want to report to the team, so acting crazy over a helmet was the easy way out.

  5. What else is he going to say? He can’t go out there and say, “Well, if he feet heal from non-approved treatment and he finds a helmet that’s just right, we hope he will find the time to play a game for us.”

  6. His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

  7. It is unfair to compare AB to TO (I can’t believe I am saying this.) Terrell Owens was a massive pain in the behind but he would never pulled this nonsense or walked out on his team like AB did last year. TO was a narcissist but he showed up to play when the chips were down, like when he grabbed 2 TD’s in the super bowl on one leg.

  8. It is very difficult to watch all these so called hard nosed NFL people cater to a childish player.

  9. maxamili says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    It’s crazy to see Gruden put up with all that nonsense. The old Gruden wouldn’t.
    Antonio is nothing but a T.O/Moss headcase.

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    I think anyone would take Moss or TO in their prime. These are top HOF receivers. Brown has a long way to go to be like them.

  10. jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

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    Huh? He will just grow some new skin on the bottom of his feet and he’ll be as good as new. He didn’t lose a toe or anything.

  11. Not buying it….everyone who’s looked at his feet state it’s a 3 month minimum recovery…and then he still has to get into football shape (as he can’t run now with his feet as bad as they are). I’d expect early-mid November. The Raiders aren’t going to risk all that money just to try to get him back early….they’ll sit him the full year if they have to. His feet are tore up from cryo.

  12. bullcharger says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

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    Huh? He will just grow some new skin on the bottom of his feet and he’ll be as good as new. He didn’t lose a toe or anything.
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    Except he won’t be good as new. Tissue that has been frostbitten is more sensitive to everything, including cold weather. It can actually be painful if it gets cold again. You don’t have to lose a toe.

  13. bullcharger says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

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    Huh? He will just grow some new skin on the bottom of his feet and he’ll be as good as new. He didn’t lose a toe or anything.
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    I don’t know if AB will suffer any future consequences or how severe they’ll be if he does but the nerve damage that comes with frostbite lasts forever. My hands were frostbitten a few times, once severely. I never lost a finger but if I let my hands get cold at all anymore, they ache and burn unbearably.

  14. Pablo Chacon says:

    August 13, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    10 catches 173 yards 3 TDs

    Raiders 38
    Joe Flacco 13
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    Sorry Joe, you are as delusional as Mr Big Chest.

  15. Even with the bad feet, and half limping around, Antonio Brown still looked explosive on Hard Knocks. The trainer had to tell him to tone it down because he was running over 20 mph on bad feet.

  16. jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    bullcharger says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

    —————

    Huh? He will just grow some new skin on the bottom of his feet and he’ll be as good as new. He didn’t lose a toe or anything.
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    Except he won’t be good as new. Tissue that has been frostbitten is more sensitive to everything, including cold weather. It can actually be painful if it gets cold again. You don’t have to lose a toe.

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    It will be new tissue. Very doubtful that if it is not in the toes there will be any permanent damage. It would be unusual.

  17. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    bullcharger says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    His feet may heal enough to play but he will never be as good as he was before the injury. And when it gets cold, he won’t play.

    —————

    Huh? He will just grow some new skin on the bottom of his feet and he’ll be as good as new. He didn’t lose a toe or anything.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t know if AB will suffer any future consequences or how severe they’ll be if he does but the nerve damage that comes with frostbite lasts forever. My hands were frostbitten a few times, once severely. I never lost a finger but if I let my hands get cold at all anymore, they ache and burn unbearably.

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    Yeah… if it’s in his toes… he just had blisters on the bottom of the feet, looks like from direct contact. Should heal fine.

  18. bullcharger says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm
    maxamili says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    It’s crazy to see Gruden put up with all that nonsense. The old Gruden wouldn’t.
    Antonio is nothing but a T.O/Moss headcase.

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    I think anyone would take Moss or TO in their prime. These are top HOF receivers. Brown has a long way to go to be like them.
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    Antonio is an all world talent .
    I’m comparing their short comings as a teammate. They are distractions and horrible locker room guys. I have a feeling the raiders won’t be his last stop
    .just like T.o and moss

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