Report: Raiders' Antonio Brown Feet Have Extreme Frostbite; No Return Timetable

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2019

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg/Associated Press

The Oakland Raiders have no timetable for Antonio Brown's return to the field as the receiver recovers from an extreme case of frostbite, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio (h/t Michele Steele).

PFT Live's Chris Simms reported earlier this week that Brown "burned his feet by entering a cryotherapy machine without the proper footwear," resulting in extreme frostbite.

Brown previously used social media to give fans a glimpse at what he's dealing with:

Jeff Lorenz @LorenzSportsMed

Antonio Brown is visiting a foot specialist today, likely dealing with these blisters on his feet (posted via his IG story @ab). Fantasy owners carry on... https://t.co/AuTlOq1dhp

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday that Brown was "day-to-day" after seeing a foot specialist. He added to that on Wednesday:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From Inside Training Camp: #Raiders WR Antonio Brown is still day-to-day with his troublesome feet after what team sources describe as a cryogenic chamber mishap. https://t.co/4NoT7IS8Yj

That comes a couple of days after Oakland coach Jon Gruden expressed his disappointment about the seven-time Pro Bowler not participating in training camp.

"I think we're all disappointed," Gruden said on Friday, per The Athletic's Lindsay Jones. "We want to get the party started.”

The 31-year-old is preparing for his first season as a member of the Raiders, as he demanded a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason and was eventually granted his wish. He received a restructured three-year, $50.1 million deal with Oakland.

While Brown had gotten to get some work in Gruden's system during organized team activities in May, he is missing valuable time right now—and the regular season is approximately one month away.

With the Raiders being the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks, former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz believes this unusual injury situation would create an interesting scene:

Geoff Schwartz @geoffschwartz

I want a full reaction from Jon Gruden when he's officially told this is why AB is out. I need every camera HBO has at the facility filming this moment. https://t.co/xVRO1IUGa2

Brown's quick feet have helped him become one of the best receivers in football. If he is going to make an impact on the field for the Raiders this season, making sure his feet are as close to 100 percent as possible will be key, even if it means missing some time.

Check out the latest edition of The Lefkoe Show for a discussion on Antonio Brown's frostbite (21:30). Plus, our Favorite Rookie in the NFL, Johnathan Abram, was the SHINING STAR of Episode One of Hard Knocks...we rejoice. After going over the biggest news in the NFL, Lefkoe is joined by Vince Carter who reveals his passionate fandom for the Tampa Bay Bucs.