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Does Raiders Antonio Brown drama factor into Broncos Week 1?

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Should Broncos fans be concerned about the season opener?

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In case you missed it, the Antonio Brown helmet saga penned another chapter on Sunday.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock was annoyed.

Personally, I am grateful that Antonio Brown’s has turned Raiders camp 2019 into Mayock’s personal Hokey Pokey-hell. There are few things in this world are more delicious than your football arch-rival investing a ridiculous amount of money into a secret weapon who inexplicably burns his feet in a chryo-therapy chamber and then makes it his personal crusade to fight the league on hat choice.

Now, I know that Antonio Brown is a veteran and training camp is hard. No matter how irritated Brown is over the helmet thing, I have a feeling that his desire to sit out camp as long as possible has more to do with Antonio’s absence than his helmet.

So is Brown willing to forgo a game check to make a point?

Doubtful. For all the bluster and noise around Brown covering him, it’s hard to believe that any of this will carry over into the Denver Broncos week one opener at Oakland. While it makes a great story line for HBO’s Hard Knocks and gets Brown out of the day-to-day drudgery that is training camp for the Raiders, when it’s time to play ball, Brown will play.

The real question we should be asking is whether or not Antonio Brown will be able to remain healthy enough to make it through the season. We’ve seen plenty of times, players that sit out for extended periods of time are often injured because they lack the conditioning for the stresses of regular season football. Considering the frostbite issues with his feet and the prolonged helmet issue, Antonio Brown’s heath in 2019 is worth watching.

Will Denver reap benefits from all the Antonio Brown silliness? It’s tough to say, but every day Brown sits out of Raiders camp is an opportunity for Denver. Broncos fans should celebrate Antonio in his fight against the league regarding his helmet and applaud his departure from Raiders camp over such spurious concerns.On September 9th, Antonio Brown, helmet, feet, and all, will take the field against the Denver Broncos. Will any of this preseason noise matter?

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