Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has filed a new complaint against the NFL because he does not have a grace period of one full calendar year to find a helmet suitable for him, a source said Adam Schefter of ESPN.
This complaint is the latest in Brown's continuing battle against an NFL policy requiring industry-standard helmet certification. Brown already lost a complaint against the NFL, who was seeking an exception so that he could carry his debris Air Advantage, a helmet he had worn during his career.
A number of players, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Last season, they were granted a one-year grace period that allowed them to wear now-banned helmets. The NFL and NFL Players Association have eliminated the grace period after last season.
Brown thought he had found a suitable replacement last week, but this particular helmet was not certified to the standards of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that concerns over the star receiver's helmet were security-related.
General Manager Mike Mayock said on Sunday that Brown had left the camp because of the helmet issue and it was "time" for him to be all-in or all-out. Rosenhaus denied that Brown had left the camp and the outsider was back with the team at the facility Monday morning, a source told Schefter.
The Raiders acquired Brown in a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March and signed him then guaranteed at a three-year contract worth $ 30.125.
Paul Gutierrez and Kevin Seifert of ESPN contributed to this report.