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Potential Breakthrough Emerges in Antonio Brown Helmet Standoff With NFL

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 15:  Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Oakland Raiders talks with general manager Mike Mayock before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Folks, the nightmare appeared like it might be over, and yes, it really might actually be over. It's been a maelstrom of an offseason for Antonio Brown, who kicked and screamed his way out of Pittsburgh only to show up in Oakland, suffer a bizarre foot injury, and pitch a fit about wearing a helmet the NFL no longer approves for use.

But perhaps we have a way forward at long last. Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, AB's camp claims to possess a documented assurance from the league that the superstar receiver can wear a newer model of the helmet he used to wear. It's simply up to a labor arbitrator to issue a final ruling.

How the hell did we get here? Well, the NFL somewhat recently revised the list of helmets it permits for use in practices and games. Eliminated from that list is the Schutt Air Advantage, the specific model that Brown coveted as a member of the Steelers.

Based on Anderson's report, a newer Schutt helmet could be the Raiders' ticket out of all this mess.

Fingers crossed that this ridiculous brouhaha can soon be locked up mercifully in the past.