Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has missed a significant part of his first training camp with the Raiders while dealing with a foot injury. Even though the injury is not expected to be long-term, it is serious enough to warrant a visit to a foot specialist, which is what Brown did on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Brown started camp on the non-football injury list due to what sources said were sore feet. He participated in a pre-practice walk-through last Sunday and was limited in practice Tuesday. On Friday, head coach Jon Gruden said he was frustrated that Brown has been unable to get on the field.
“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said. “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. The Team would like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team.” Grudens comments on Antonio Brown were calculated.
“I want the guy out here as soon as possible. I’d like him to never leave and stay in the huddle every play. However, life goes on and you’ve got to continue to work. Also, the other guys got to take advantage of these opportunities, and so far, they have.”
Antonio Brown Likely to Miss Preseason
Quarterback Derek Carr, who worked with Brown during the offseason, said that he anticipated the chemistry he built with Brown during the offseason would return as soon as the All-Pro receiver came back to practice. This was a surprise to many.
“We wish that the healing process of whatever’s going on be fast,” Carr said. “The Raiders want it to be fast, but at the same time you can’t rush things for training camp when you know you have a season and, hopefully, a playoff run to think about.” Everyone is awaiting further update from the foot specialist.
“We just know that when he does show up, we can’t wait to welcome him with open arms. Hopefully healthy and just ready to hit it running,” Carr said. “We had so much time in the offseason, we spent a lot of time at my house, throwing. The team spent hours upon hours throwing. So there is chemistry, there is development. I’m used to throwing him the ball, so it won’t be brand new when he shows up. It will be just more on him, and the details of the routes, getting out and doing it and correcting it on film and going and fixing it the next day. Those kind of things. But besides that, the timing aspect, the meat and potatoes, so to speak, of what we need is there.”
What does this mean for Antonio Brown and the Raiders? Only time will tell, plus the foot specialist report. Stay tuned for Oakland Raiders news here.