It remains to be seen if Antonio Brown's tenure with the Oakland Raiders works out at all, let alone this season. But after receiving an ultimatum from general manager Mike Mayock, Brown has apparently taken his words to heart.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Brown is back with the Raiders today, responding to the strong message from his GM. He missed practice over the weekend after the NFL and NFLPA refused to let him use a special helmet he wanted.
Brown is currently disgruntled over not being allowed to wear the same style of helmet he wore in Pittsburgh. He has been looking for suitable replacements, but none have been accepted by the league yet.
On top of that, Brown missed several days of practice due to severe frostbite on his feet.
The Raiders' practice was reportedly canceled, though Brown was with the team.
Brown is heading into his first year with the Raiders after being acquired in a trade with the Steelers. Oakland gave up a pair of mid-round picks in exchange for the Pro Bowl wideout.
When healthy and able to play, Brown has put up Hall of Fame caliber production. He has put up at least 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of the last six seasons.
This past year, he led the league in receiving touchdowns with a career-high 15 of them.
The Raiders want desperately for the move to work out to avoid seeing their receiving corps fall apart.