Gruden ‘optimistic’ on AB’s progress after drills

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  • Paul GutierrezESPN Employees Author


    • Lined Oakland Raiders for and Sacramento Bee for eight years
    • Member of Professional Soccer Writers Affiliation
    • Beforehand labored at Los Angeles Instances, Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal and Sports activities Illustrated

The present Antonio Brown placed on in working routes and catching passes from Derek Carr on the State Farm Stadium grass earlier than the Oakland Raiders‘ 33-26 preseason defeat of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night time has coach Jon Gruden hopeful.

As in, Gruden hopes Brown practices with the Raiders earlier than the crew breaks camp in Napa, California, on Monday.

“I am not going to say anything, however I am very optimistic after what I noticed tonight,” Gruden stated after the sport, wherein Oakland constructed a 26-Zero lead, with its defensive starters enjoying 4 sequence in opposition to No. 1 draft choose Kyler Murray.

“Hell yeah, it was encouraging. It was nice to have him again,” Gruden added of Brown. “You understand, it has been an odd, unusual couple weeks, with frostbite and the helmet grievance. Cannot say that that is frequent, a minimum of in my historical past on this league. However we have weathered the storm.”

Brown had been away from the crew for 2 weeks after beginning camp on the non-football damage listing earlier than collaborating in a single pre-practice walkthrough July 28, being restricted July 30 after which leaving the sphere early.

Carr additionally stated he was inspired.

“It was type of proper the place we left off,” Carr stated. “He is such an excellent participant, and we have spent a lot time collectively that I knew when he got here again it might be identical to he by no means left. He got here in. You see him chatting it up with all people on the sideline. He is our teammate. We love him. That is our brother and we’re simply completely satisfied that he is right here so we will put our arms round him and head ahead.”

Brown was away searching for remedy on the soles of his toes, which he injured in a cryotherapy mishap in France early final month. He instructed ESPN’s Lisa Salters the damage occurred as a result of he wore solely socks. Remedy included laser remedies, stated Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, who added that the damage was the primary purpose Brown was absent from camp and never a lot his grievance in opposition to the NFL as Brown sought to have the ability put on his 10-year-old Schutt Air Benefit helmet, the one helmet he has worn in his skilled profession.

Brown misplaced the grievance Monday and returned to Napa on Tuesday.

Gruden wouldn’t say what helmet Brown was carrying throughout warm-ups.

“I am not speaking about it anymore,” Gruden stated. “It was a authorized, licensed helmet, ? Someone permitted it, or he would not have worn it.

“It is nice to see him on the market along with his teammates. He seems to be in nice spirits and he seems like he is able to get going right here, in order that’s Antonio Brown. We’re enthusiastic about him. I am enthusiastic about him. I may care much less what anyone else says, I am excited.”

The Raiders are scheduled to carry observe in Napa on Saturday and Sunday earlier than breaking camp Monday, then “host” the Inexperienced Bay Packers of their penultimate preseason sport at Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday.

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