Antonio Brown Can’t Return To Raiders In Old Helmet Without Risking His Contract

The Raiders are off on Monday, so it will probably be another day before any firm details emerge on the Antonio Brown situation, but a few dynamics of his ongoing helmet dispute were made a little clearer this morning.

According to the NFL’s Brian McCarthy, a player is not permitted to practice or play in games using anything other than league-approved equipment or the player is in “breach of his contract.”

While most believe Brown won’t win his grievance against the NFL, the fact that he would be in breach of his contract by playing with his old helmet does explain his absence from the team for the past week. Brown is basically saying he won’t play in a helmet he doesn’t like and he isn’t going to risk a breach in his contract while the matter is being sorted out.

Brown has apparently threatened to file a lawsuit if he is injured wearing one of the league’s newer approved helmets and while most have laughed at the idea, Brown could make the case that he’ll take more hits by wearing a helmet that takes away some of his peripheral vision.

Would it be better to wear a helmet that better protects the head in a collision or better to wear a helmet that helps a player potentially avoid a collision in the first place?

Andrew Brandt on Twitter

The ‘helmet rule’ that Antonio Brown has a problem with is not an NFL rule; it’s an NFL/NFLPA rule. Thus, he’s bucking up against his own union. Good luck with that..

Some have noted that by filing a lawsuit, Brown would essentially be going after his own union, but given what we know about AB, would he really care? If Brown has expressed that he feels safer in his old helmet and is injured in his new helmet, who doubts that he would go after anyone and everyone who forced him to use the new helmet?

Knowing AB, he would probably make a television series out of the lawsuit just for fun.

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  1. I can tell by the discussion regarding helmets, no one really knows what they are talking. My daughters have been equestrian riders since age 7 and have ridden over 18 years in the sport. They’ve worn five different, required helmet designs presumably to provide better protection with each new design. The big “however” is that it hasn’t changed concussion statistics in the sport – how frequent they happen, how serious they are. An equestrian helmet is similar in design to a bike helmet, but padded differently to withstand being thrown by a horse. While it uses the same composite materials as an NFL helmet and a polo helmet, that’s where the similarities end. The protection afforded by any helmet depends upon the blow helmet takes. The use of thermoplastic urethane (the padding) only provides better “resiliency” across a broader temperature range. Its ability to absorb a direct, high-impact blow is no different than any other padding. Fortunately, my daughters haven’t been thrown in a way which challenges their helmets to absorb a direct blow.

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