– UPDATE –
Adam “Pacman” Jones will be fined, but not suspended for slamming Cooper’s head in Sunday’s game between the Raiders and Bengals, according to ProFootballTalk.
Per source, Bengals CB Adam Jones will be fined but not suspended for slamming Raiders WR Amari Cooper's head against his own helmet.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 14, 2015
Jones responded to the report in a tweet shortly after:
I want to know how @profootballtalk know what's going to happen to me be for I know !!!!
— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) September 14, 2015
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Former Alabama star wide receiver Amari Cooper made his NFL debut for the Oakland Raiders today. Nick Saban prepares players well for the physicality of the NFL, but he probably did not prepare Cooper for this.
Cooper got tangled up with Adam “Pacman” Jones at the end of a 60-yard Raiders run. As Cooper fell to the ground, his helmet was ripped off by Jones. Then Jones grabbed Cooper’s head and slammed it into the silver helmet.
Jones did it right in front of the referees and somehow was only given a 15-yard personal foul penalty. Jones stayed in the game.
The NFL has placed an increased importance on head safety, so how this doesn’t result in an ejection is baffling. Jones took a dirty cheap shot.
Thankfully Cooper walked away without any visible injuries, but this is certainly not a good start to what will likely be a promising career for the talented wideout.