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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Football

Antonio Brown takes to Twitter for help finding a new helmet

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has accepted the fact that he cannot continue to wear the helmet he has worn throughout his entire NFL career, and he is now asking fans for help finding him a new one.

No, seriously.

Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and described a very specific model of helmet he is on the lookout for. If someone can find one for him, he said he will trade them an autographed Oakland Raiders helmet that he wore during practice.

The issue with Brown’s old helmet is that it is a model that was manufactured more than 10 years ago. The NFL’s equipment policy states that players cannot wear helmets that aren’t certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, and the NOCSAE does not certify helmet models that are more than 10 years old for safety reasons. If Brown can find a similar helmet that was manufactured in the last 10 years, he should be safe for at least another season.

No player in NFL history has ever made more of their headgear. Brown supposedly threatened to retire at one point if the NFL would not let him keep wearing the same helmet, but he lost his grievance on Monday and said he will report to the Raiders. Tom Brady is another player who has to wear a new model of helmet in 2019, though the Patriots quarterback made light of his own situation.

Andrew Luck dealing with bone injury, not Achilles?

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck has yet to return to practice with what has been described as a minor Achilles or calf injury, but Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay shared some new information this week that has sent fans further into a panic.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, Irsay said Luck is not dealing with an Achilles injury but instead a “small little bone” issue. He also said he is “very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing.”

While Irsay did not sound concerned, the new information is surprising. Colts head coach Frank Reich has said Luck is still experiencing pain in his heel, but Irsay is the first one to describe the injury as a bone issue.

Whatever the ailment is, Luck has been dealing with it since April. He missed all of organized team activities and spring practices and has made just a few appearances at training camp in a limited capacity. The Colts do not sound concerned, but they have not placed a timetable on his potential return.

If you remember, Irsay also expressed confidence two years ago that Luck would be healthy in time for the regular season when he was battling a shoulder injury. The quarterback ended up not playing at all in 2017. While the injuries are different, the dialogue surrounding them has been eerily similar. That could be why at least some rival teams do not expect to see Luck in Week 1.

Tom Brady subtly weighs in on Antonio Brown helmet controversy

Tom Brady

Like Antonio Brown, Tom Brady is also being forced to wear a different model of helmet this year from the one he has grown accustomed to throughout his career. While Brown may have felt he was being singled out by the league this offseason, Brady thinks there’s a different reason why the NFL is also forcing him to make a change.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning, Brady joked that the NFL must not have liked the way his old helmet was working for the Patriots.

Brady and the Patriots have dominated the NFL for the better part of two decades now, winning six Super Bowls and several more AFC titles. The 42-year-old has worn essentially the same style helmet throughout the whole run, so that appears to be his clever way of saying the league is trying to find a way to stop him.

Of course, that is not the case. The model of helmet that Brady, Brown and others had been wearing no longer meets safety requirements, and they knew they would not be able to wear it this season. For whatever reason, Brown took it personally and reportedly made an absurd threat over it, but he has lost his battle with the NFL and will have to find a new helmet. The same goes for Brady, though he seems to be taking it much more lightly.

ESPN reporter calls out fan for inappropriate behavior at training camp

An ESPN reporter says she was on the wrong end of some inappropriate fan behavior while covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at training camp over the weekend, and she shared her unfortunate experience on social media.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine said she was kneeling on the sideline at Bucs camp on Sunday evening when a fan came up behind her, touched her head and called her “sexy.” Laine took aim at those who said she should have taken it as a compliment.

Hopefully someone else was able to identify the fan, because he deserves to be banned from attending NFL events. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first instance we have heard of a female NFL reporter being mistreated. That type of behavior should never be tolerated.

Report: Redskins rebuffing all Trent Williams trade offers

Trent Williams

Trent Williams may be trying to force his way off the Washington Redskins, but it seems like the team is not willing to let him go.

The Redskins are rebuffing all trade offers for Williams, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter says Washington has told multiple inquiring teams that they are not trading the offensive tackle.

This report is consistent with what head coach Jay Gruden said earlier this month.

Williams, a 7-time Pro Bowler, has not reported to training camp. He is in a standoff with the team and reportedly unhappy with the team’s doctors.

The 31-year-old is under contract to make nearly $11 million this season and $12.5 million next year. He has made the Pro Bowl every year since 2012.

Browns’ Chad Thomas diagnosed with neck sprain after scary practice injury

Cleveland Browns

One of the most frightening moments of the NFL offseason took place on Monday when Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Chad Thomas was immobilized and stretchered off the practice field, but fortunately it sounds like he is going to be just fine.

The Browns announced on Monday evening that Thomas was diagnosed with a neck sprain. He was back at the team’s facility by 5 p.m. after being transported to a nearby hospital earlier in the day.

“Anytime something happens like a stinger, or anything dealing with any issues like that, you want to be more cautious than anything and that is what we are doing,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters. “You do not want to see your teammate laying there. But again, the protocol from anything like that is sometimes it looks worse than it is, not to make any light of it.”

That’s outstanding news, as the injury certainly appeared much more serious when it first happened.

Thomas, a third-round pick in 2018, appeared in four games for the Browns last season. We’re glad to hear what happened on Monday was only a scare.

Kliff Kingsbury has perfect take on Antonio Brown drama

Kliff Kingsbury

Antonio Brown’s threat to retire if not allowed to wear his preferred helmet raised a lot of eyebrows around the NFL, but few have had a better reaction than Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Kingsbury had a lengthy football career, setting numerous records as Texas Tech’s quarterback before floating around the NFL and CFL for several years as a backup. Thus, he has plenty of experience dealing with helmets — and let’s just say he doesn’t see where Brown is coming from.

Kingsbury is a football devotee. He would’ve never let a helmet keep him from the game. It seems Brown has reached the same conclusion.