Raiders WR Antonio Brown misses practice again
NAPA, Calif. — The Antonio Brown watch continues.
For the second straight day, the Oakland Raiders wide receiver and former Pittsburgh Steeler was nowhere to be seen Saturday during the seventh practice of training camp.
The Raiders have not specified an injury, with a source indicating as camp opened Brown would be out “probably a week” after starting on the non-football injury list. Brown was removed from the NFI last Sunday. He participated in a walkthrough, and two days later, ran some pass routes against defenders in drills before calling it a day.
The only clue about what ails Brown was a since-deleted Instagram post that showed two badly blistered feet. Considering Brown wasn’t with his teammates on the field, it’s conceivable he’s getting checked out by a specialist.
Quarterback Derek Carr, who said he hadn’t seen the post, has no choice but to wait.
“We wish the healing process of whatever is going on will be fast,” Carr said. “We want it to be fast, but at the same time you can’t rush things for training camp when you know you have a season and hopefully a playoff run to think about, right?
“The trainers know way more than any of the players know. We just know that when he does show up, we can’t wait and we’ll welcome him with open arms. Hopefully he’s healthy and just ready to hit running.”
The Raiders practice Sunday, take Monday off, then host joint practices Tuesday and Wednesday against the Los Angeles Rams.
Coach Jon Gruden addressed Brown’s absence on Friday with some frustration.
“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said. “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out of here. He’s a big part of this team, but in the time being we’re going to continue to work hard and we’ve seen the development of some other receivers we are excited about.”
Gruden rejected the idea that Brown’s absence could be a “blessing in disguise” in terms of getting other receivers ready.
“I want the guy out here as soon as possible,” Gruden said. “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.”
Carr said it won’t take long to shake off any rust after he and Brown got in plenty of work in the offseason.
“We spent a lot of time at my house throwing,” Carr said. “We spent hours upon hours throwing, so there is chemistry, there is development. I’m used to throwing him the ball. It won’t be brand new when he shows up.”
In Brown’s most extensive work Tuesday, he twice got behind defenders for touchdown receptions during one-on-one drills and only one of the several passes thrown his way was incomplete, broken up by Lamarcus Joyner.