Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has been suspended without pay for Week 1 of the NFL season.
The Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens for the home opener and Jones has until Monday to let the NFL know if he plans to appeal the league’s decision to suspend him for that game.
Jones’ agent, Peter Schaffer has released a statement regarding the NFL’s decision.
It reads, “The letter just came down. We are still in the process or reviewing the letter and the content. We are exploring all options. We are keeping in mind what is best for Adam and the Bengals.”
Statement from Adam Jones' agent Peter Schaffer when asked if his client will appeal his one-game suspension pic.twitter.com/uacvEA9GrN— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 21, 2017
The Bengals also released a statement, which made it seem like Jones will not appeal the suspension.
The Bengals anticipated this result and are glad to finally put the matter behind us. Our focus is on getting ready for the upcoming season. Adam will participate in training camp and we are counting on him to help our team when he returns from suspension.
Schaffer says he and Jones are exploring all options, though the only two options seem to be: 1) accept the suspension or 2) appeal the suspension.
Many assumed Jones’ suspension would be more lengthy than one game, considering his past suspension and arrest history. This is his third NFL suspension and it comes as a result of his 10th arrest since being a first round draft pick in 2005.
With Jones out of the lineup, first round draft picks William Jackson III (2016) and Darqueze Dennard (2014) will likely be competing to line up opposite Dre Kirkpatrick (2012) as the starting cornerbacks.