Brown not present for start of Raiders’ OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — New Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, acquired in a trade this offseason following a drama-filled ending to his nine-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was not at the Raiders’ opening OTA practice on Tuesday.

The workouts are voluntary and Brown had been present throughout the first phase of the offseason training program but left early last week to resolve his speeding case in a Pittsburgh court . He had not returned to the Raiders facility since, according to a source.

“He’s not here today. Hopefully we’ll see him here in the next couple of days. He’s been working extremely hard, learning our offense. Really excited to get him out here. But in the meantime, we have plenty of balls to throw and plenty of receivers to throw to,” coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday.

Brown has been active, though, on his social media channels, showing numerous workouts with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his burgeoning relationship with him.

Conversely, Brown seemed to throw shade at his old QB in Ben Roethlisberger on Monday, tweeting, “Two face” in the wake of Roethlisberger saying he may have been too tough on Brown as teammates.

Later, Brown tweeted: “Let’s get back to work.”

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