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Jon Gruden expects Antonio Brown to play Week 1

Vincent Frank
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The long-anticipated return of Antonio Brown to Oakland Raiders training camp finally took place on Tuesday.

All eyes were on the Pro Bowl receiver as he made an appearance on the practice field in Napa.

Brown has been away from the team for some time while dealing with a foot injury.

The drama took a completely different turn when Brown filed a grievance against the NFL late last week in hopes of being able to wear the same helmet he donned with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another report late last week indicated that Brown was threatening retirement if the league didn’t allow him to wear said helmet.

Now that this seems to be behind them, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden focused more on the football aspect of Brown’s return to camp. He also sounded confident that the seven-time Pro Bowler would be able to go Week 1.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, noted that his client had to undergo laser treatment for his feet. It’s not yet known how that might impact Brown’s availability for the start of the season. But Gruden seems confident that he’ll be able to go.