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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Antonio Brown is again. Nearly.

After an excellent pregame exercise on Thursday, the flowery Oakland Raiders receiver is hopeful that he’s going to go back to coaching camp apply on Saturday.

That implies two problems are on the subject of being resolved: Brown mentioned that his toes, badly burned after he underwent cryotherapy in France final month, are just about healed. And he believes he’s at the verge of selecting a brand new helmet that meets NFL specs.

“My toes are therapeutic in the correct path,” Brown instructed journalists after staring at Thursday evening’s preseason recreation towards the Arizona Cardinals from the sideline in complete uniform. “I’m simply in a position to get round my teammates and be with the blokes.”

Requested if the objective is to go back for the Raiders’ subsequent apply, on Saturday, Brown mentioned, “We’ll see what occurs.”

Antonio Brown works out previous to the preseason recreation towards the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Picture: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports activities)

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During the workout, Brown was fluid and fast as he caught passes from Derek Carr. He made the sharp cuts that are essential to his precision game as arguably the NFL’s best route-runner. He didn’t appear to have any setbacks.

“It feels a lot better,” he added.

As for the helmet issue, Brown insists that reports that stated he would retire if the NFL didn’t allow him to wear his older, now-banned helmet were erroneous. He said he has tried several helmets, but wasn’t ready to commit to which one he’ll wear.

“Still working with the NFL to make sure everything is legal, appropriate,” he said.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden thinks a Saturday target is realistic for Brown to start practicing.

“I’m very optimistic after what I saw tonight,” Gruden said, referring to the pregame work.

Someone asked Gruden if the pregame work was encouraging, considering the drama that has surrounded Brown since the start of camp.

“Hell yeah, it was encouraging,” Gruden said. “It was great to have him back. It has been a strange, strange couple of weeks with frostbite, the helmet grievance. I can’t say that’s common, at least in my history in the league. We weathered the storm. It was great to see him out there with his teammates. He appears to be in great spirits, and he appears like he’s ready to get going here.

“It’s Antonio Brown! We’re excited about it. I’m excited about it. I could care less what anybody else thinks.”

And was that really a legit helmet that Brown wore in the workout?

“It was a legal, certified helmet,” Gruden contended. “Somebody approved it.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell on Twitter @JarrettBell.

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