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Sources – AB loses 2nd rumor, close to helmet deal



Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has lost his second NFL complaint about wearing his old helmet, but he is moving forward with an approved helmet deal in the near future, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. [19659002] Brown lost an earlier complaint against the NFL seeking an exception to wearing his outdated Schutt Air Advantage helmet, which he had worn throughout his career. Then Brown filed a second complaint Monday, asking for a one-year grace period before having to change helmets.

The NFL and NFL Players Association eliminates the grace period after last season.

The second hearing, which took place on Friday, was heard by the same independent arbitrator who chaired the first hearing, ESPN sources said. The NFLPA has issued a statement in support of the league's position not to allow Brown to wear the older helmet, ESPN sources said.

ProFootballTalk first reported that Brown had lost his second hearing.

The helmet test and rules are administered jointly by the league and the NFLPA.

Brown, who appeared at a training camp on July 26 with a frostbite at the bottom of both legs due to a cryotherapy error in France, left the team for two weeks to seek treatment, as well as to protest a league banning 1

0 his annual helmet. He later skipped camp a day after his first complaint was dismissed.

Agent Drew Rosenhouse told ESPN Golich and Wingo after the first hearing that Brown would be playing with an approved helmet that goes on rather than retire.

Brown, who practiced on Tuesday wearing a certified helmet, took practice on Sunday, wearing what looked like an older helmet.

Brown went with the team to Winnipeg last week and for the second consecutive exhibition ran routes and caught passes from quarterback Derek Carr.

The Raiders on Sunday put Doug Martin back on the injured reserve. In other moves of the team, the team released long-time Andrew Depaola and signed protective gear Corey Koy Luget and linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams. The moves essentially mean rookie Josh Jacobs, who will be the Raiders' running back, and Trent Sieg will be

Adam Schaeffer and ESPN's Dan Graziano contributed to this report.


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