The Antonio Brown helmet saga is far from resolved.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL has reversed its ruling to allow the Raiders wide receiver to wear the specific model of Schutt helmet he loves as long as he could find one less than 10 years old.
Florio reported that Brown’s Schutt AiR Advantage helmet made in 2014 required additional testing for use by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), though the league informed him the helmet did not pass the test.
It’s worth noting Schutt released a statement in 2014, specifying that it stopped producing the AiR Advantage three years earlier in favor of newer models.
“We discontinued making the helmet three years ago because current helmet technology had moved past it. The AiR Advantage was the last varsity helmet made by Schutt that featured traditional foam padding. That material, which is used by most other helmet manufacturers, does not perform as well as the TPU Cushioning we now use in all of our varsity helmets.
“TPU (thermoplastic urethane) Cushioning absorbs significantly more impact across a wider variety of temperatures than any other helmet on the field. Third party testing by an independent, certified helmet testing facility has proven that, three years in a row. The AiR Advantage had lived out its useful life as a product and was discontinued when something better was developed.”
As Florio added that “we haven’t heard the last of Brown on this issue,” Brown took to social media later Saturday night and sent out an NSFW tweet to summarize his feelings on the situation.
Brown ran routes and caught passes Thursday in Arizona ahead of the team’s 33-26 win over the Cardinals in their second preseason game and also was part of Oakland’s walkthrough back in California over the weekend.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden expressed optimism that Brown could finally join the team for good Sunday, though the latest helmet hurdle could prove to be a problem.