Without the support of the NFL or the NFL Players Association, Brown has two choices: comply with the regulations and wear a new helmet, or simply don't play.
The Raiders finally got their minds off of the Brown situation when they took the field on Saturday night and defeated the Los Angeles Rams 14-3.
The start of Brown's tenure in Oakland became all the more tumultuous when the seven-time Pro Bowl selection reportedly filed a helmet grievance to the NFL.
"And he does play and he doesn't retire as some people have reported he will do". I'd hate to be the NFL. And then he suffers a really severe injury. Because now you've forced him into wearing a different type of helmet.
According to NFL.com's Mike Silver, "helmet can not be re-certified because it is more than 10 years". "And I think at that point, though, the liability will be dramatic".
Add this to the drama surrounding the mysterious foot ailment keeping Brown from practicing, which reportedly stemmed from frostbite after using a cryotherapy machine without proper footwear.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was among the last players adjusting to the NFL's new helmet rules and admitted that he is still working to get used to it, he said on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show". And if Brady can do it, so can Brown, especially due to safety concerns as concussions have become such a large topic throughout the world of sports. "They don't certify equipment that's old (er) than 10 years". The league, however, allowed players one extra year - last season - to transition.
"Matter of fact, if I'm the National Football League, you know what I do to Antonio Brown?".
A decision from the hearing is expected sometime this week.