Former New England Patriots star Rodney Harrison has expressed his thoughts on Antonio Brown’s saga during the Appearing on NBC Sports Tuesday.
Harrison said he believes the former All-Pro wide receiver can handle the brain trauma from playing football. Harrison spoke about the blow Brown received from former Cincinnati Bengals midfielder Fontaz Purfect during the 2016 NFL playoffs and how it affected him.
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“I think he has CTE,” Harrison explained. “I think he definitely has some symptoms. He’s fast, mood swings. I mean, you look at this hit from Vontaze Burfict. You look at this hit from Vontaze Burfict. He’s totally out. I’ve played 15 years in the league. I’ve never been quite like that. He’s totally out. This is a concussion. This is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
Harrison said he knows several former NFL players dealing with CTE, and believes Brown’s antics may be a cry for help.
“I would like the league to really come to help this guy because what they saw and what we saw on Sunday was mental illness. It was CTE. He was making a bad decision. It was all those different things,” Harrison said. “When you have CTE – and I have many, many friends who have CTE. We all have CTE. If you’ve been playing football for a long period of time and you’ve been hit in the head, you have CTE. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Obviously, that was something that made him explode, and I promise you at this time, he’s sitting at home, and he’s not happy. He’s not happy about getting off the field, quitting.”
During the Buccaneers game against the New York Jets, Brown took off his uniform and shoulder pads and threw his gloves and undershirt into the stands before running off the field into the tunnel.
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Brown says he was “cut first” before leaving the team. Brown also said he had an MRI of his ankle on Monday, which showed he had “fractured bone fragments stuck in my ankle, a ligament ruptured from the bone and a loss of cartilage, which is not painful.”
After his recent feud with another NFL team, Brown is unlikely to sign with another team in the near future. Many in the media have speculated that this might be the last time we’ll see Brown on an NFL field. But it seems that the situation in Tampa is not over yet.