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Raiders WR Antonio Brown likely to start practicing next week

Antonio Brown, Raiders

The Oakland Raiders should get back the superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown soon. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that he is likely to start practicing next week.

One note on Raiders WR Antonio Brown: Sounds like he’s very close to practicing and should do so next week. I imagine you’ll see a thing or two about that on the show,” Rapoport said via Twitter.

No longer will head coach Jon Gruden have to ask “has anybody seen my friend Antonio?” as he did on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Though Brown made his arrival back to camp this week, he hasn’t yet practiced. The mercurial wide receiver suffered frostbite on his feet, caused by wearing the wrong boots in a cryotherapy session.

Brown also missed practice due to an argument with the NFL over his helmet, latter dubbed “helmetgate.” He filed a grievance over the NFL for not letting him wear his old helmet — a Schutt Air Advantage — that has seen been discontinued. The NFL deemed the helmet unsafe and denied his request to wear it unless he can find one made past 2010.

Brown’s response:

“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. I’m excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet!”

Brown has played in just one of the Raiders’ training camp sessions. He reportedly threatened to retire from the game altogether over his helmet, but that’s in the past with him expected to come back. All that is stopping him are his heavily blistered feet, which he says are “circumcised.”