Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones won't be suspended for his actions against the Oakland Raiders, according to reports from Pro Football Talk and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Per Pro Football Talk, Jones won't be suspended, largely because he wasn't ejected, but reports indicate that he'll be fined by the league.
During Cincinnati's 33-13 win over the Oakland Raiders, Jamize Olawale broke free for a 60-yard run with over eight minutes remaining in the second quarter. Jones and Cooper appeared to be going at it during the run before turning their attention toward each other. After the play, Jones ripped off Amari Cooper's helmet and then bounced the back of his head against the helmet.
The play was nullified due to an offensive hold anyway. Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness, as was Austin Howard who was justifiably defending Cooper.
"Whatever you saw happen, that’s what happened," said Adam Jones after the game, claiming that he was punched in the throat. "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," Jones said. "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."