Brown re­turns, files new griev­ance

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Star re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown re­turned to train­ing camp with the Raiders on Mon­day, a day af­ter be­ing given an ultimatum by gen­eral man­ager Mike May­ock to be “all in or all out.”

Brown took part in meet­ings in Napa, Calif., be­fore the team broke camp, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Brown didn’t at­tend prac­tice Sun­day as he works to find a hel­met that he’s com­fort­able using and that meets safety stan­dards set by the NFL and NFLPA. Brown lost a griev­ance last week seek­ing to use the Schutt Air Ad­van­tage hel­met he has used through­out his ca­reer be­cause it was too old to be cer­ti­fied as safe.

He had hoped to find a newer ver­sion of his pre­ferred hel­met that could be ap­proved but the one he sub­mit­ted failed a safety test con­ducted by the league and union.

ESPN re­ported Mon­day night that Brown filed a new griev­ance against the league in an at­tempt to be able to wear the hel­met he wants.

Agent Drew Rosen­haus told ESPN ear­lier Mon­day that he ex­pects Brown to be back prac­tic­ing soon.

The Raiders’ next prac­tice will be Tues­day.

“An­to­nio is very gen­uine,” Rosen­haus said. “He wants to be there. He wants to be a part of the team. He wants to prac­tice. But he’d also like to do it with the hel­met that he’s worn his en­tire life. He wore this hel­met in pee-wee foot­ball, high school foot­ball, in col­lege at Cen­tral Michi­gan. And he also wore this hel­met his nine-year (NFL) ca­reer.

“This is his life. He’s risk­ing every­thing. He’s got a fam­ily. He’s had a con­cus­sion be­fore. This hel­met has kept him safe. He’s had bru­tal hits. ... The hel­met is the most im­por­tant piece of equip­ment and he’s had the same one ev­ery sin­gle snap he’s played in his foot­ball ca­reer. This is a ma­jor is­sue for him.”

Brown has yet to take part in a full prac­tice all train­ing camp for the Raiders, miss­ing time be­cause of frost bite on his feet suf­fered in a cryother­apy ac­ci­dent in France and now over the hel­met is­sue.

Gor­don back with Pats: Oft-sus­pended re­ceiver Josh Gor­don re­turned to Pa­tri­ots prac­tice with­out pads and with­out say­ing when he might be able to play again.

Gor­don was seen stretch­ing on the field dur­ing the por­tion of the team’s workout. In the locker room be­fore prac­tice, he de­clined a re­quest for an in­ter­view.

The Pa­tri­ots placed Gor­don on the non-foot­ball in­jury list Sun­day, two days af­ter the league re­in­stated him from an in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion that cost him the fi­nal three games of the 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son and the team’s Su­per Bowl run. Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said Gor­don could par­tic­i­pate in team meet­ings, con­di­tion­ing and individual work­outs while work­ing him­self back into shape.

Edel­man prac­tices: Re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man was re­moved from the non-foot­ball in­jury list and prac­ticed for the first time at Pa­tri­ots train­ing camp.

Last sea­son’s Su­per Bowl MVP missed time with a bro­ken thumb.

Edel­man caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touch­downs dur­ing the 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son and had 26 catches for 388 yards (14.9 aver­age) in three post­sea­son games.

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