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Antonio Brown gives ‘Hard Knocks’ viewers an up-close look at his cryotherapy-burned feet

Antonio Brown gives ‘Hard Knocks’ viewers an up-close look at his cryotherapy-burned feet

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What I’m Hearing: An arbitrator denied Antonio Brown’s request to wear his own helmet. As our own Mike Jones reports, that ruling isn’t expected to stop him from playing in 2019.
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Even if Antonio Brown finds a suitable helmet to wear on the field, there’s still the small matter of his cryotherapy-damaged feet preventing him from actually practicing.

Viewers of Tuesday night’s edition of “Hard Knocks” got an up-close-and-personal look at the wreckage that is the bottom of one of the game’s top wide receiver’s feet.

“You want to see it? Are you sure you want to see it?” Brown asks.

Brown peels off his sock to reveal his messed up feet with large patches of dead skin.

“Yeah, I (expletive) got circumcised on my feet, you know” he says. “Hopefully, my feet, born again and I frickin’ can run faster.

“Feel sorry for me later. Thank you.”

You might have seen the Instagram post. Well, if you didn’t, HBO cameras provide another peek in case you missed it. It’s gross … borderline NSFW. But HBO-friendly, since well, you know, HBO also aired “Game of Thrones” and there was carnage there, too.

Peeling back the curtain on @AB84‘s peeling feet.#HardsKnocks is streaming now on HBO. pic.twitter.com/pViQL7gBuY

— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 14, 2019

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Brown describes how he was on vacation in Paris, was training for the upcoming NFL season and went to get the cryotherapy for muscle recovery.

“I got out and I felt my foot burning. So I was like, man, I feel a hot sensation,” Brown said. “The next 24 hours, it swelled up, got really big. Couldn’t really walk or put pressure. Doctor came over. They drained a little out, scalpel the next day, scissors the next day, and let it leak all out.

“Now it’s just new skin. I’m just trying to get my feet used to feeling it. But feels like I’ve got a big patch of open whoopee cushion, you know?”

Umm, no, we don’t know. 

Here are some other notable moments from the second episode of “Hard Knocks: Training camp with the Oakland Raiders”:

Meet Keelan Doss

For the second straight week, “Hard Knocks” introduced an undrafted rookie who is vying to make the final 53-man regular-season roster. Unlike last week’s waiver-wire fodder, Ronald Ollie, wide receiver Keelan Doss looks like he just might make it through training camp at the very least, and provide the show with the long-shot roster-bubble storyline that captivates viewers.

Doss is a local product, having attended Alameda (Calif.) High School and then playing college ball at UC-Davis, where he made a name for himself as one of the best receivers at the FCS level. He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but wound up not being one of the 28 receivers selected in the 2019 NFL draft

In practice, Doss makes some spectacular catches, but then drops some easy throws. Still, head coach Jon Gruden praises the rookie. 

“I’m more excited to see you play than I am to see my wife, and I haven’t seen her in two weeks,” Gruden quips ahead of the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

Playing in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Doss scores a second-half touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Nathan Peterman in the feel-good moment of the show. 

— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 11, 2019

Focus on backup QB competition

Derek Carr is firmly entrenched as the Raiders’ starting quarterback. Behind him on the depth chart are two journeyman passers. Mike Glennon is entering his sixth NFL season and is on his fourth different team. Nathan Peterman, meanwhile, joins the Raiders after two dismal seasons with the Buffalo Bills

What we see on “Hard Knocks” is a juxtaposition of the “Nate Peterman is growing on me” narrative that came out of Raiders training camp a couple weeks ago.

“Come on Nate. Get the (expletive) going, Nate. Let’s go!” Gruden yells. “Hey, Nate, you gotta hurry up, man. So casual, like a house mouse.”

Peterman redeems himself in the preseason game against the Rams. His 50-yard scramble sets up the touchdown pass to Doss.

Nathan Peterman running in slo-mo! This is what everyone was looking forward to in this episode #HardKnocks

— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) August 14, 2019

Jon Gruden gave Sean McVay his big break

In 2008, a year after playing his final season as a wide receiver at Miami (Ohio), Sean McVay joined Gruden’s staff during his final season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Gruden has high praise for his former protégé.

“They got a hell of a young coach. He’s an offensive-minded guy. He’s coming here to wreck your ass,” Gruden tells his team ahead of scrimmaging the Rams.

“The NFC champion (expletive) Rams are coming in here. The Rams were a bad football team two years ago. Where were they last year? They were in the Super Bowl. They put their mind into it. They put their heart into it. They believed in it and they got there. That’s why I’m a pain in the ass. It’s time for us to wake up as a football team.”

During the second day of scrimmaging the Rams, the Raiders woke up. Multiple brawls break out, including one involving Raiders guard Gabe Jackson and the Rams’ two-time reigning NFL defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald.

All this action transpires with Metallica’s “Blackened” as the soundtrack.

More quotable Gruden

Two weeks of “Hard Knocks” … two weeks of pump-up speeches from Gruden to open the show.

“I want better execution. Are we clear on that? I want better (expletive) execution,” Gruden says. “I want you to get a little bit pissed off. Not a lot of people expect very much from us. Do they? Do they? You’ve been reading about us? Not a lot of people expect enough from us.

“I’m tired, man. I’m tired of reading about it. It’s time for you to stick your foot up somebody’s ass, man. Everybody pick it up tonight, because we’re capable of being a great football team.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Reineking on Twitter @jimreineking.

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