The NFL announced Monday that Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin will be suspended for one game for a hit that knocked out Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera on Sunday.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, citing an NFL release, Griffin was suspended by NFL vice president of operations Merton Hanks for being a repeat offender of the league’s ban of hits to the head and neck of defenseless receivers.
Rivera had his helmet knocked off on the play and sustained a concussion. He did not return to Oakland’s 23-19 loss to Tennessee, while Griffin was flagged for a personal foul on the play.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen didn’t rule out having Rivera on Thursday in Dallas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Rivera and cornerback Mike Jenkins, who also sustained a concussion, have a short window with which to go through the league-mandated protocols for returning from a brain injury, but Allen said they had already passed some of the tests.
Left tackle Jared Veldheer, meanwhile, has been out since training camp with a torn triceps, but Allen said he will play Thursday.
Running back Darren McFadden, who has missed three games because of a hamstring injury, and safety Tyvon Branch (fibula injury) were both running Monday morning and their status for Thanksgiving Day has yet to be determined. Allen also said he wasn’t sure about wide receiver Denarius Moore, who missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.
The other issue from Sunday is that Allen denied there was an issue between kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Marquette King, who took over the holding duties this year.
Janikowski told sideline reporter Lincoln Kennedy that one of his two misses on Sunday was King’s fault. The veteran kicker wasn’t available to the media after the game.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say there’s an issue,” Allen said. “But I would say when we go out there to kick field goals, we have to make field goals. … We obviously have to do a better job.”
That, of course, translates from Coachspeak to English as: Of course there’s an issue. Seabass can’t stand the way the kid holds the ball.