Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones could be facing a fine and/or suspension for an incident in Sunday’s game at Oakland.
At the end of a 60-yard run by Raiders running back Jamize Olaware – a play that was negated by a holding penalty – Jones was on top of Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper when he knocked his helmet off and then slammed the back of Cooper’s head on to the helmet.
Asked about the incident after the game, Jones said, “Whatever you saw happen, that’s what happened. I’m here to play football. I don’t back down from anybody and I’m not out here trying to start anything. I’m just out here playing football.
“I was in the moment on that play,” he added. “Like I said, I’m just out playing football. I’m not out to do that. I don’t want to hurt my team in any form or fashion, but I have to make sure I protect myself, too.”
Mike Pereira, a former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL and current rules analyst for Fox Sports, tweeted that Jones should have been ejected.
Jones' penalty did not end up costing the Bengals any yards because Oakland's Austin Howard also drew a personal foul penalty on the play in addition to being flagged for holding. The personal fouls offset, and only the holding penalty was enforced.
Jones almost certainly will be fined. The NFL announces fines on Fridays. If Jones receives a suspension, that likely would be announced much earlier in the week