The end is finally almost here as wide receiver Antonio Brown nears a return to competitive football.

Brown, 31, has been sidelined with a score of controversies and an injury, preventing the seven-time Pro-Bowl wideout from participating in Oakland Raiders practice, much to the chagrin of teammates and coaches.

Nevertheless, the 5-foot-10 receiver does not look like he has lost a step while practicing for head coach Jon Gruden's team.

Brown was traded in the offseason by the Pittsburgh Steelers after nine seasons with the AFC North franchise to the Raiders in exchange for third- and fifth-round draft picks. In the past, Brown has led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards while competing in black and yellow.

Now, he enters a new phase of his career with the black and silver. While a foot injury possibly bore from improperly undergoing cryotherapy held Brown out from Raiders practice, the veteran receiver was also dealing with a legal battle with the NFL due to Brown's insistence to wear a now-outdated model of helmet. After being twice struck down in court, Brown found a workable model of his favorite headwear and at last made a return to the gridiron following his preseason absence.

Brown will be seen as a go-to target for franchise quarterback Derek Carr, a three-time Pro-Bowler who is missing a star wideout after the Raiders traded former first-rounder Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys last year midseason.

Should Brown prove to be his old self (on the field at least), Oakland will have a significant boost in playmaking and nearly unrivaled potential at the wide receiver position.