Star wideout Antonio Brown to rejoin the Oakland Raiders

Star wideout Antonio Brown to rejoin the Oakland Raiders

An independent arbitrator is set to make a decision on Brown's grievance as soon as this week, according to reports.

The NFL is requiring players to have helmets that are safer than the ones Brown used when he first joined the NFL in 2010. "The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to try out but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them", Schefter added.

Last year, Brown was one of 32 players who was grandfathered in and allowed to wear the now-banned helmet.

Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications, on Monday tweeted that no player would be allowed to wear a helmet that the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOSCAE) doesn't certify as safe. Brown is basically saying he won't play in a helmet he doesn't like and he isn't going to risk a breach in his contract while the matter is being sorted out.

The 31-year-old has certainly had a tumultuous offseason, to say the least.

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Last week, reports surfaced that Brown would refuse to play football ever again, if he was forced to wear the new league-mandated helmet.

Jon Gruden is head over feet in love with having Antonio Brown on the field. "And I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they said to do".

"He has a strong feeling about what he's worn on his head, and we're supporting him", Gruden said, according to ESPN. "We understand the league's position as well, so we're in a tough spot", the coach later stated. I'm excited. I've got some plays for him.

"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", Brown wrote on Twitter and Instagram.

"I love the game; I love the hustle; young-in got doe he can leave the league but if I leave will the fans still gone love me man?"

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