Raiders’ Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown ‘ready to go’ after using certified helmet

first_img Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (lower leg) won’t practice this week Antonio Brown heads into the team’s performance center as practice starts and helmets come on. pic.twitter.com/6hUg4jTKom— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 20, 2019Brown reportedly returned to the Raiders on Monday as the team broke training camp in Napa, Calif., but filed another grievance against the NFL over the issue.Per NFL.com:“(Brown is) arguing that he should be afforded the same rights provided to other NFL players to have a 1-year grace period to phase out his helmet in the 2019 season. He claims the NFL is arbitrarily applying rules.”It’s been a messy couple weeks for Brown. First, the helmet he had worn with the Steelers was removed from the NFL’s approved list and he lost an arbitration appeal to use the old model earlier this month. Then, Brown and the NFL reached a compromise which would have allowed him to use the helmet model he likes if he could find one made within the past 10 years. “He’s all in and ready to go,” Gruden told reporters. “That’s my understanding. Really happy to have him out here. He’s a great player.”After partaking in the walk-through before the workout, Brown was seen exiting the field and heading to the weight room as practice started and helmets came on, though he later returned for the end of the team’s stretch. Related News Julio Jones’ agent headed to Atlanta to talk new Falcons deal, report says Jimmy Garoppolo ‘obviously a little frustrated’ with lackluster preseason debut Could there be an end in sight for the Antonio Brown helmetgate?According to Raiders coach Jon Gruden, the wide receiver is “all-in” and “ready to go” after participating in Tuesday’s practice at the team’s facility with a certified helmet. However, the league reversed that decision Sunday after the helmet he chose went through additional testing and failed.Should Brown’s latest helmet actually clear all the hurdles with the NFL, he could be ready to make his Oakland debut next month.Always turn a negative to a positive #Boomin— AB (@AB84) August 20, 2019The Raiders have two preseason games remaining before they host the Broncos in their regular-season opener Sept. 9.last_img read more

Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for Week 14

first_imgMORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Bears live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Thursday night’s game will have a relatively significant impact on the NFL playoff picture. While a loss to the Cowboys technically would not eliminate the Bears, it would all but end their chances of earning a wild-card spot in the NFC. Either the 49ers or the Seahawks, both 10-2 heading into Week 14, will take one wild-card spot. Unless the 8-4 Vikings free-fall over the next few weeks, they likely will earn the second.The Cowboys, of course, amazingly still lead the NFC East and are slotted in the No. 4 seed for the playoffs. They need to beat the Bears in Week 14, though, in order to maintain their one-game edge over the Eagles, who host the hapless Giants on Monday night.Below is all the info you need to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week, including the TV channel and kickoff time for Cowboys vs. Bears.Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?Dallas Cowboys at Chicago BearsKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETIn both our picks against the spread and our straight-up NFL predictions for Week 14, Sporting News is projecting a Cowboys win over the Bears on Thursday night. Below are the explanations.Pick against the spread: The Cowboys and Bears each played on Thanksgiving last week with different results, as the former was upset at home and the latter rallied to win on the road. Chicago and Dallas’ defenses aren’t as daunting as expected, so it comes down to which quarterback you can trust to make some big plays off the better success in the running game. That’s easily Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The desperate Cowboys will dig deep for a much-needed road win against an opponent with the same (6-6) record. Pick: Cowboys win 23-20 and cover the spread.Straight-up prediction: Most assumed this would be a matchup of Thanksgiving Day winners, but only the Bears took care of their business last week. The Cowboys’ loss to the Bills has them back down at .500 with the same 6-6 record as that of Chicago. Yet because the Bears are all but out of the NFC North race and the Cowboys amazingly still lead the NFC East, the home team has more to lose in Week 14. That will lead to an inspired effort from Matt Nagy’s bunch, but on a frigid Chicago night, Dallas will benefit from a more effective rushing attack and more efficient quarterback play. Pick: Cowboys 24, Bears 20.MORE: Full betting preview for Cowboys vs. BearsWhat channel is Thursday Night Football on?TV channel (national): NFL Network, FoxTV channel (Dallas): KDFWTV channel (Chicago): WFLDLive stream: fuboTV”Thursday Night Football” broadcast rights in 2019 are shared between Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime.Thursday night games on Fox this season are called by the network’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, and rules analyst Mike Pereira. In 2019, “Thursday Night Football” generally features intriguing matchups, even if the quality of play takes a dip as a result of a short week for the participating teams. That’s part of the reason the NFL can continue to get away with forcing teams to play a few days early each week. As long as fans care to scan their TV channels for “Thursday Night Football,” the league will give the people what they want.This week on “Thursday Night Football,” the Bears will host the Cowboys in a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox and NFL Network. Based on the relatively small point spread attached to this game, Chicago vs. Dallas is expected to be tight. The 6-6 Cowboys are 2 1/2-point road favorites over the 6-6 Bears. Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm are the voices for Amazon Prime’s broadcasts.WEEK 14 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThursday Night Football TV schedule for 2019All “Thursday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.WeekDateMatchupTV channels4Sept. 26Eagles at PackersFox, NFLN, Prime5Oct. 3Rams at SeahawksFox, NFLN, Prime6Oct. 10Giants at PatriotsFox, NFLN, Prime7Oct. 17Chiefs at BroncosFox, NFLN, Prime8Oct. 24Redskins at VikingsFox, NFLN, Prime9Oct. 3149ers at CardinalsFox, NFLN, Prime10Nov. 7Chargers at RaidersFox, NFLN, Prime11Nov. 14Steelers at BrownsFox, NFLN, Prime12Nov. 21Colts at TexansFox, NFLN, Prime14Dec. 5Cowboys at BearsFox, NFLN, Prime15Dec. 12Jets at RavensFox, NFLN, Primelast_img read more