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Titans Griffin suspended for hit on Rivera — UPDATED

Titans safety Michael Griffin was suspended by the league for one game for his hit on Raiders rookie tight end Mychal Rivera.
Rivera suffered a concussion and missed the rest of the game Sunday. At one point, he exited the field and went into the locker room for evaluation. A short time later, he rejoined his teammates on the sideline. However, he didn’t play again.
Griffin is deemed a repeat offender of the league’s policy prohibiting hits to the head and neck area.
Coach Dennis Allen said Rivera already is going through the league-mandated concussion protocol and that Rivera has passed some of the tests. Therefore, Rivera has not been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“That’s the league’s decision,” Allen said of whether the suspension is fair. “That’s not for me to say whether it’s just or not just. It’s unfortunate that our guy got hit and was knocked out of the game. I’ll say that.”
Titans safety Bernard Pollard doesn’t seem thrilled by word of Griffin’s suspension. A short time ago, Pollard fired off this Tweet:
“We wear pads for a reason! Take the Defense off the field! You fine us for playing ball! 1 man and his minions. Show me where the $ going!”
Here’s the release from the NFL on Griffin’s suspension:

NFL release:

Safety MICHAEL GRIFFIN of the Tennessee Titans has been suspended without pay for one game for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS. Griffin may not practice this week nor play in the Titans’ game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He may not participate in any football activities with the team during the suspension. Griffin will be reinstated on Monday, December 2.

Griffin was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders for delivering a blow to the head of a defenseless receiver, Oakland tight end MYCHAL RIVERA.

The violation was Griffin’s second this season and fourth since 2011, all for striking defenseless players in the head and neck area.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision requested in advance of Sunday’s game. Appeals are heard and decided by either MATT BIRK or TED COTTRELL, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

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  • SnBG

    I was pissed but fairly calm but my wife was yelling at the TV and cussing out the refs. She was seriously PO ed

  • 1960AutumnWind

    There have been retaliation in our secondary next time titans offense were out there. Remember the old raiders were the ones that ended WRs careers. Sometimes I think that kind of enforcement works better than a one game suspension. The guy should have got 4 after what I saw. Even Tatum would not have been that cheap.

  • RaidingTexas

    Well at least he owned up to it:

    Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports13m

    Griffin via text: “All I can say is I apologize to the Titans fans, my teammates and the organization. I also hope Rivera is doing well ..

  • 10centsworth

    Pre Amy and the PC crowd taking over, of course. I just CANNOT imagine a blatant hit on Billitnikoff like that not getting instant retribution.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Maybe he saw the film and was appalled. At least we can hope.

  • RaidingTexas

    So he could potentially play Thursday …
    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL0s

    Coach Dennis Allen said TE Mychal Rivera, CB Mike Jenkins began concussion protocol tests and already passed some. Not ruled out for Cowboys

  • JOn Wooah

    Stop blaming KING.. Jano made 4 kicks.. when you are a 14 year VET you should be part of the SOLUTION not problem.

    Like Greg Papa just said.. JANO needs to get over the whole lecheler thing if thats bothering him.

    Its rare .. if at all u play with the same player your whole career.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    4 years. 8 mil. Guaranteed.

  • wildsach

    I hope he does. He’s a raw rookie…little NFL experience, yet he’s poised. The experience will go a long way for him. It’s what he & this team needs. Thing is, injuries are just killin us.

  • RaidingTexas

    Ouch.

  • 10centsworth

    I’ve seen his dough listed as over 3 mill a year.

  • spiff

    yeah where’s james trapp in street clothes at….?

  • SnBG

    Well on the bright side Jennings has totaled 553 yrds of total O in 4 games. Please don’t start DMC on Thursday Allen.

  • 10centsworth

    Another positive, if you want to look at it this way. Pryor is watching his job taken by a walk on. Might be the humility he needs to push him into trying another position. I do hope.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Unless it is at WR

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Amen to that. If he is going to be a head case time for a new Kicker.

  • SnBG

    I don’t know either. Haven’t re-watched the game but not sure that will help explain the issue. Jano has always seemed like a head case though.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Interesting idea if Moore is out. Motioning Reece to TE would also be a good idea. How about a wishbone breaking into a slot WR and TE with Jennings as a lone back.

  • 10centsworth

    DA has said, on record twice, McG EARNED the next start. Re Jennings? Let’s see if he has the ol’ double standard working.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders defeat Dallas we are back in the hunt for the final wild card spot; we lose we are in the playoffs > one and done, baby.

  • spiff

    Jennings starts dmc gets 8-10 snaps as a change of pace player that’s the bottom line.

  • 10centsworth

    I can guarantee you the Raiders have cameras specifically on these kicks. Too big an issue.

  • R8erEduc8er

    King is just an easy cop out imo. King can’t say it’s Jano so Jano takes advantage. The kicker in Houston is not complaining about Lechler’s holding. Jano is no Vinateiri.

  • 10centsworth

    I can see Griffin diving head first into the sister.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Rivera, Jenkins, Jennings & Burnett will be needed on Thanksgiving. it was bad enough rolling without Veldheer, Branch, Hunter & Moore!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Jenkins will walk on shard glass to play Thursday. He has a big chip on his shoulder. if you want to see it just ask him about “losing his starting job” in Dallas.

  • 10centsworth

    Some class to that.

  • spiff

    looks like we have to win out for any chance of a post season. we can’t even win two games in a row…..

  • RaidingTexas

    I guess we’d have to go back and look at Lechler’s holds from same distance & hashmark to compare. It’s easy for us to say “laces are out and the ball is straight” and think there’s no problem. But maybe Jano prefers a slight tilt to one side or something. I don’t know. Just speculating.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Is not Veldheer coming back and possibly Hunter and Moore?

  • The_Judge37

    Titans should cut Griffin, then the Browns can claim him off waivers, who can in turn trade him to the Packers, then Packers can place him on the Practice Squad. Then Reggie can sign him to our active roster.

  • 10centsworth

    I’ve noticed some kickers like a slight tilt forward.

  • 10centsworth

    Good enuff. then the old “blanket” welcome in the shower.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I was hoping we kept Hue at least one more year and fix the defense.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If that’s with incentives, he aint getting it.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    That’s just the guaranteed part, if we keep him he is making 4.5+ per year.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah, I’m sure a lot of them are finicky about it. Still, can’t throw King under the bus like that.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Rivera, Jennings, and Burnett have been playing some professional football.

  • 10centsworth

    totally agree. Perhaps he was splitting the locker room not just to avoid the press. Players have their codes, too.

  • SnBG

    Perhaps Jano has psyched himself out and has a broken heart for Lechler.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Judge: we’re fine at safety with former packers Woodson & Ross. and of course former cleveland brown Young – Griffin can apply elsewhere. Gibril Branch should be back next year too

  • 10centsworth

    Ooooooo. With that, i could afford another mistress.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    oh really? what are McFadden, Ford & Nix playing?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Intramurals?

  • 10centsworth

    Veterans know what I’m talking about.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Not much of anything.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Good point

  • spiff

    please don’t mention f##ken Brandon ross……. please.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Mike Rivera will become a musical genius after his concussion, like the white dude on Youtube. might even join his sister on the cast of Glee

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    time for Jenkins to return kicks and punts