Jon Gruden Breaks His Silence Regarding Antonio Brown's Helmet & Feet Controversy

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It really wasn't his fault, and it's a serious injury.

Brown began camp on the non-football injury list with the soles of his feet cracked and healing.

In his grievance hearing Friday, Antonio Brown and his camp threatened to hold the NFL liable if he suffers a head injury in a league-mandated helmet, a source told The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan.

"The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved", McCarthy wrote. In short, it is illegal to use in games. The only reason the new helmets exist is because they're safer, and the reason players are required to wear them is so that the NFL won't be held liable if something were to happen to a player, because it will look like the league was doing everything possible to help. One could come as early as next week.

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It was reported Friday that Brown wouldn't want to continue playing without his favorite helmet - a "Schutt Air Advantage" that is not NOSCSAE certified and no longer produced by manufacturers.

Added Gruden: "He has a strong feeling about what he's worn on his head, and we're supporting him".

Brown, who wants to wear a 12-year-old Schutt Air Advantage helmet which NOSCAE won't certify, reportedly had a grievance hearing with the National Football League last week over his desire to use his old helmet. "If he doesn't play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn't get paid. I hope we can start calling them". But I'm not going to put words in anybody's mouth. It appears we've reached the point where he'll have to make that decision for himself.

"It was a total accident and injury that he's looking to get right from, and hopefully, with all the people that have seen it, that he's gotten it cured, and he's ready to roll".

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