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Brown threatens to quit playing over NFL helmet rule change - reports

August 10 2019 12:01 AM

Antonio Brown has reportedly informed Oakland Raiders officials he will not play for the team unless he can use his old helmet, which is now prohibited under NFL rules. 

Brown started training camp on the non-football injury list with a "minor injury," and it was later reported that he got frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy machine after using it "without the proper footwear".

Coverage of his absence has focused on that issue but reports on Friday suggested the wide receiver's refusal to train was down to a new NFL rule change regarding which types of helmet can be used.

ESPN claimed Brown has filed a grievance with the league over the changes and now new stories have stated he will quit if he cannot use his current headgear in the new season.

Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oakland in March.

He led the NFL in touchdown receptions last season with 15 and finished with more than 1,200 receiving yards for the sixth consecutive campaign.

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