Antonio Brown’s time with the Raiders has gotten off to an interesting start.
He started training camp on the non-football injury list with a “minor injury,” and it was later reported that he got frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy machine after using it “without the proper footwear.”
The situation appears to only have gotten worse from there as Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI reports the former Steeler has gone “radio silent” and the Raiders have “zero clue where he is or what the progress of the foot injury is.”
Brown reportedly saw a foot specialist earlier this week and has been considered day to day as he recovers, though the team hasn’t publicly commented on the receiver’s status yet.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden expressed frustration with Brown’s absence at the start of training camp.
“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said (per ESPN). “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team.
“I want the guy out here as soon as possible. I’d like him to never leave and stay in the huddle every play. But life goes on, and you’ve got to continue to work and the other guys got to take advantage of these opportunities, and so far, they have.”
Gruden also said he “expects a lot more drama from No. 84” after Brown arrived to camp in a hot-air balloon.
Brown was traded from the Steelers to Oakland in March. He led the NFL in touchdown receptions last season with 15 and finished with more than 1,200 receiving yards for the sixth consecutive season.
The Raiders open their preseason Saturday against the visiting Rams.