National Football League addresses Antonio Brown helmet controversy without mentioning star's name



Brown has apparently threatened to file a lawsuit if he is injured wearing one of the league's newer approved helmets and while most have laughed at the idea, Brown could make the case that he'll take more hits by wearing a helmet that takes away some of his peripheral vision.

The NFL on Monday addressed the helmet controversy involving Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown without mentioning the wide receiver's name.

Meanwhile, Brown has also filled a grievance in order to continue using the same style helmet that he's used over his last nine seasons in the NFL. Brown was one of 32 NFL players who wore nonapproved helmets last season and were told they would not be able to wear them this year under a program jointly administered by the league and the NFL Players Association.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy noted that NFL policy states that helmets have to be certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and that it doesn't clear equipment that is older than 10 years.

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Essentially, Brown will not get paid by the Raiders until he decides to wear an NFL-approved helmet.

"Yeah, they kind of spoke to me past year about it", Brady said Monday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show". "I hated to put it on the shelf", Brady said. However, some of the older models can no longer stand up to the rigorous safety testing the league requires. "I'm excited. I got some plays for him, I hope we can start calling them".

"I've got a feeling he would play with no helmet, that's how much he loves to play".

"While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field", he wrote on Instagram.

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