Oakland Raiders captains stand behind Jon Gruden’s decision
By Brad Weiss
No matter what is decided, the Oakland Raiders captains stand behind their head coach’s decision in regards to suspending Antonio Brown or not.
The Oakland Raiders went into their weekly prep for the Denver Broncos game expecting to have one of the better wide receiver in the game matched up against one of the better cornerbacks in the game. Antonio Brown was slated to be the team’s WR1, drawing a solid matchup against Chris Harris Jr., but all of that likely went out the window on Wednesday.
During practice on Wednesday, Brown got into a scuffle with Mike Mayock in regards to the Pro Bowler posting his fine letter on Instagram. Brown told Mayock he would hit him, then punted a football, all the while having to be restrained by teammates.
The Raiders asked Brown to stay away on Thursday, and the team is preparing to go into their Week 1 matchup without him. With all that said, the captains have made it clear to head coach Jon Gruden that they will stand behind his decision, even though they would love to have Brown in the mix in 2019 and beyond.
Here is what was said on NFL Network Thursday night regarding the seven-time Pro Bowler.
Of course, the man speaking in the video is David Carr, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans, and the brother of Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr. He would have information that many do not, and has had an ear on the ground in Oakland, so you have to believe he knows what he is talking about.
At the Chicago-Green Bay matchup on Thursday night, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, spoke about the AB situation. He stated that he felt the the relationship was still salvageable, but had not heard from the Raiders yet in regards to a suspension or not.
All eyes will be on Oakland this Friday, as we learn what will be Brown’s fate heading into the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos. We know that he is likely to sit out that matchup, but if he will be back for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, or beyond, is still anybody’s guess.