Raiders news: Jon Gruden announces Antonio Brown will play Monday vs. Broncos
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Raiders coach Jon Gruden announces Antonio Brown will play Monday vs. Broncos

Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the plan is for star wide receiver Antonio Brown to play Monday night against the Denver Broncos:

Brown got into an altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in the week and was thought to be facing a suspension because of the incident, but it looks like the wide receiver will be playing instead.

This is just the latest twist in an Antonio Brown saga that has been looming over the Raiders before a meaningful game has even been played. There was the bizarre foot injury, the helmet drama and now this scrap with Mayock, among other things.

Brown and Mayock got into it after the outspoken wide receiver took to social media to complain about fines for missing practice. Brown reportedly called Mayock a “cracker” during their fight, which never got physical but almost got there when the wide receiver allegedly threatened to hit the general manager.

Mayock gave a brief statement on Thursday, and at that point it looked like Brown was definitely facing a suspension. But things clearly changed in the Raiders’ building, with Brown also delivering an emotional apology to the team.

Brown has brought plenty of drama, but he is still a difference-making talent on the field. Last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 31-year-old caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.