“You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time,” Brady, starting his 20th season as the New England Patriots quarterback, said. “My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf. It’s kind of what I’m dealing with.”
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Players aren’t allowed to play or practice unless they have approved helmets. That didn’t sit well with Brown. The Oakland Raiders wide receiver, who is in his 10th season, wanted to use the same helmet he’s worn his entire career. He took his case to an arbitrator, who was jointly approved by the NFL and the players’ union. The ruling went in favor of the league.
Brown suffered frostbite on his feet doing cryotherapy. On Saturday, following their preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he hopes to have him available this week.
“We hope Antonio is back here soon because he’s exciting to be around,” Gruden said. “I’m excited, I have some plays for him. I hope I can start calling them.”