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HBO 'Hard Knocks' 2019: Best Raiders Storylines, Moments, Reaction for Episode 2

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 14, 2019

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown participates in an NFL football minicamp in Alameda, Calif. Antonio Brown returned to the Oakland Raiders training camp facility, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, after missing time to see a specialist for his frost-bitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown took center stage in the second episode of HBO's Hard Knocks series Tuesday night.

Brown suffered burned and frostbitten feet after reportedly failing to use proper footwear during a cryotherapy chamber session, per PFT Live's Chris Simms.

The wideout showed his right foot to the cameras.

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Peeling back the curtain on @AB84's peeling feet. #HardsKnocks is streaming now on HBO. https://t.co/pViQL7gBuY

The 10th-year veteran also colorfully explained how he felt, saying his feet got "circumcised."

"I got circumcised on my feet, you know," Brown said. "Hopefully my feet born again and I frickin' can run faster. Feel sorry for me later. Thank you."

Hard Knocks also briefly covered Brown's absence from camp following his grievance against the NFL to try to keep an outdated helmet, which was eventually denied.

Unfortunately, fans did not get a glimpse of the painted helmet that Brown reportedly tried to wear, per NFL Network's Michael Silver:

Michael Silver @MikeSilver

13) However, sometime in the next couple of weeks, Brown once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, which he had since had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design...

More drama occurred in the second episode, with the Raiders' joint practice skirmish with the Los Angeles Rams taking center stage:

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Things are getting chippy 👀 #HardKnocks https://t.co/zUdvhfsRqL

Raiders offensive guard Richie Incognito, who has been arrested multiple times and is known for bullying then-teammate Jonathan Martin when they were on the Miami Dolphins, was the "voice of reason," as Levi Damien of Silver & Black Pride relayed:

Levi Damien @LeviDamien

Now you all get to see the scuffles. And Roemer taking a few shots to his helmetless head. "Let me tell you about what I learned in counseling. Just count to ten." -- Richie Incognito, voice of reason.

Otherwise, the second episode did not disappoint.

Rookie wideout Hunter Renfrow sang "Lean on Me" in front of his team. To his dismay, the performance was not well-received:

Oakland Raiders @Raiders

We know who we're inviting to karaoke night. @renfrowhunter | #HardKnocks https://t.co/I10zE1uBVA

Marcus Mosher @Marcus_Mosher

Oh no Hunter Renfrow....

Renfrow can take solace in the fact that he's slated to be the team's No. 1 slot man.

A Raiders legend also connected with a potential great when Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson met up with rookie safety Johnathan Abram, who was one of Oakland's three first-round picks:

NFL @NFL

"You'll become the leader of this team very quickly." @CharlesWoodson dropping some knowledge from one @Raiders No. 24 to another. 💯☠️ @JohnathanAbram1 | #HardKnocks https://t.co/n6VbPkq45y

Finally, the action-packed episode ended with a great cliffhanger, as Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote:

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

NFL Films crew pulled it off. In tight window, it showed footage of Antonio Brown arriving today in Napa. About five seconds of it to conclude episode. More of Brown's arrival coming next week, NFL Films official said. "Stay tuned."

The third installment of the five-episode series will air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.


On the latest edition of The Lefkoe Show, Lefkoe breaks down his favorite moments, the best Gruden lines and more from Hard Knocks Episode 2.