Well, so much for Antonio Brown. He is now with the New England Patriots and maybe that was his plan all along. That he rode into Oakland and burned it to the ground is surely a bonus, though.
Denver Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio found out the news after all of the players, but was careful to note that this changes nothing. The Broncos have to play good football to come out with a win on Monday night.
“They all knew it before I did,” Fangio said of the locker room reaction to Brown’s release. “It’s just as if he was on the inactive list or suspended list or was hurt. We just have to go out there and play their team. They have a good team. They’ve made a lot of revisions to their team with a lot of acquisitions from the draft and free agency. It’s going to be a hell of a test out there for us.”
I know if I were a player for the Oakland Raiders right now, I’d want to go out there and prove to Antonio Brown that he was never needed there anyway. It could end up having playoff intensity from the Raiders and the Broncos. Which also makes sense, but Week 1 is about the last time the Raiders usually have playoff aspirations.
My point is, the Broncos players better not sleep on this team. Things just got a hell of a lot harder for them.
Broncos injury report
Raiders injury report
|Antonio Brown||WR||NIR (Conduct)||DNP||FULL||FLYING TO NE||TOM BRADY|
BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR- Indicates not injury related; *- Team did not practice / report is an estimation.
STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play.