Gru­den says Brown now ‘all in’

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All-Pro re­ceiver Antonio Brown prac­ticed in a cer­ti­fied hel­met with the Raiders on Tues­day, two days af­ter be­ing given an ul­ti­ma­tum by gen­eral man­ager Mike May­ock to be “all in or all out.”

“He’s all in, ready to go,” coach Jon Gru­den said. “That’s my un­der­stand­ing. Re­ally happy to have him out here. He’s a great player.”

Brown didn’t at­tend prac­tice Sun­day as he worked to find a hel­met he was com­fort­able us­ing and that met safety stan­dards set by the NFL and NFLPA. He lost a griev­ance last week in which he sought to be al­lowed to use the Schutt Air Ad­van­tage hel­met he has worn through­out his ca­reer. But the hel­met 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.

He filed a sec­ond griev­ance Mon­day seek­ing a oneyear grace pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it wasn’t made pub­lic. But he’s back prac­tic­ing with the team while that gets re­solved.

Brown didn’t take part in a full prac­tice dur­ing the Raiders’ en­tire train­ing camp stay in Napa, which wrapped up Mon­day, miss­ing time be­cause of frost bite on his feet suf­fered in a cryother­apy ac­ci­dent in France and then over the hel­met is­sue.

Still no Luck: Colts QB An­drew Luck will miss an­other week of prac­tice as he continues re­cov­er­ing from a lower left leg in­jury.

The four-time Pro Bowler last prac­ticed July 28. The Colts al­ready had said the in­jury prob­a­bly would keep Luck out of the en­tire pre­sea­son.

Luck was ini­tially di­ag­nosed with a strained calf in March and didn’t par­tic­i­pate in any of the team’s off­sea­son work­outs. When train­ing camp opened, he was lim­ited to in­di­vid­ual drills and seven-on-seven but no full team drills. But when the pain per­sisted, Luck re­turned to re­hab and was only per­mit­ted to run the start­ing of­fense in walk­throughs.

Cow­boys’ Smith gets new deal: The Cow­boys and line­backer Jay­lon Smith agreed on a five-year, $64 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion. The deal in­cludes $35.5 mil­lion in guar­an­teed money.

Smith, 24, started all 16 games last sea­son, when he was sec­ond on the team in tack­les (150) and tack­les for loss (five).

Ex­tra points: Cow­boys WR Amari Cooper likely will not play in a pre­sea­son game be­cause of a heel in­jury suf­fered ear­lier this month, but the three-time Pro Bowler is hope­ful he can prac­tice by the end of the week . ... Bron­cos rookie QB Drew Lock will miss the rest of the pre­sea­son with a sprained right thumb. Lock, a sec­ond-round pick, was com­pet­ing to be Joe Flacco’s backup . ... The Jets claimed S Derrick Kin­dred off waivers from the Colts. Kin­dred, 25, spent the first three sea­sons of his ca­reer with the Browns. He has two INTs, 12 passes de­fended and 148 tack­les.

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