Antonio Brown is still looking for a way he can wear his old helmet in 2019.
The Raiders wide receiver filed a second grievance against the NFL on Friday in an attempt to avoid having to use a new model for the upcoming season, but lost his hearing, according ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources.
Brown’s first grievance was filed earlier this month. He asked for a one-year grace period that would allow him to continue wearing the outdated helmet he’s worn for years. But the NFL eliminated the grace period last season.
Brown initially threatened to retire over the helmet dispute, but ESPN’s report states he is moving forward with plans to decide on an approved model.
The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in a trade this offseason and probably weren’t prepared for such uproar upon his arrival, despite his reputation for drawing attention.
He also made waves this summer when he showed up to training camp last month with blisters from frostbite on his feet following a cryotherapy incident.
But Brown has recovered from the injury and is back to running routes. He should give an Oakland team that finished 4-12 in 2018 a significant boost.
Brown has totaled 11,027 receiving yards and caught 74 touchdown passes in his nine-year career.
Whether he can eclipse 1,000 receiving yards for a seventh consecutive season with new equipment remains to be seen, though.