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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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    This year. In time for the playoff push. If we ever start pushing.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    ross is horrible.

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

    Who would have thought that on Turkey day we would see BOTH McGloin and Flynn starting?
    LMAO at that

  • Mike_Trail

    Raiders have been outscored by NFL-worst 48 points in 4th quarter—Color me stunned.

  • NYCRaider

    whose brainchild was it to have Jacoby return punts. The guy had success returning kick offs only. Jacoby is a nightmare that we wont wake up from until 5 games from now

  • 10centsworth

    I think when players go on the injured list, they should have to sit in on these blogs. Just WATCH that list clear up.

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

    Not sure if anyone posted this but Trotter with a well written story on our QB situation in MMQB

    http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/21/matt-mcgloin-terrelle-pryor-oakland-raiders-dennis-allen-quarterback-controversy/

  • 10centsworth

    Seems to me Taiwan is doing a good job.

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

    they might become suicidal, like Vince Young!

  • The_Judge37

    Brandinian Ross is the Matt Flynn of safties.

  • RaidingTexas

    Mike Jenkins vs Sterling Moore. I’ll take the Raiders side of that swap deal any day.

  • 10centsworth

    Like more than a few already on here. Hopefully. Just kiddin’…kinda.

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

    Veldheer’s dad is lurking somewhere. Jerry talked about it once, his dad’s twitter referenced it before.

  • 10centsworth

    Jenkins is sterling, for sure.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    “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!”

    Yea maybe we will draw up some run plays and get to the next level and lay down some cut blocks too. Then you and Griffin can go to the IR where you belong. PUNK! You need to look at the film he actually targeted the head!

  • NYCRaider

    hope im wrong but MM is more like Grads than Gannon

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

    Brandian Ross, not Brandon.. and he’s been playing well all year (until yesterday) his head wasn’t in the game – almost as if he just found out his dog died or his girlfriend left him – he’ll be solid this week

  • RaidingTexas

    Hmmm, Mrs Brown maybe?

  • spiff

    him and huff

  • 10centsworth

    I hope so, in terms of attitude. You know…Raider attitude.

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

    I agree.

  • SnBG

    I was cussing out the team every time the Titans ran a crossing pattern and beat us with it. Woodson has even said we knew they where good at that but still couldn’t stop those damned crossing routes

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Well written but highly speculative. I have no idea whether MM is Case Kenam. What if he is Tony Romo? No one knows yet. I think we kind of know what Pryor is unless he improves.

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

    Veldheer’s dad is lurking somewhere.
    ***
    JFB: oh dang. he’s definately bolting in FA then and we have nobody to blame but ourselves!

  • The_Judge37

    Bad Coaching

  • RaidingTexas

    Jenkins tackles better.

  • 10centsworth

    Are we hoping he becomes Romo? Argggghhhh…

  • 10centsworth

    And I thought we’d hurt them with slants.

  • SnBG

    Bad safety play and Woodson knows it.

  • Davy Jones

    This was written before the Tennessee game, but I’d say nothing has changed. McGloin played well enough to hold off Pryor, but not well enough to erase the possibility of drafting QB in the 1st round.

  • spiff

    one thing for sure as a fan, I am looking for a qb I can have confidence in…………

  • RaidingTexas

    Didn’t he also use rohypnol recreationally?

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

    Well it is about all the Patriots run and nobody has stopped it in about 13 years of Brady.
    Like the pick and roll in the NBA. You make the rules so you can’t grab the guy, what can you do?

  • SnBG

    This was the first game this year where I felt the O outplayed the D. MM’S quick release and his decisiveness is helping the O line.

  • RaidingTexas

    Who around here has ripped on Veldy?

  • spiff

    another thing he hinted r.mac might not be the guy to pick the qb for the franchise.

  • SnBG

    I’d take Romo this year. Dude has been playing very well.

  • 10centsworth

    Actually, never seen one. that MUST be a record.

  • 10centsworth

    Aren’t they paying him like 20 mill a year? For What?

  • 10centsworth

    They LOOK like an O line, instead of a bunch of old dames at a Macy’s fire sale.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Been some realistic observations of his struggles as a rookie, and even 2nd year, but no ripping.

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

    Don’t let people know he is a crazy Right-winger who was tweeting his support for Romney.
    That might change things.

  • NYCRaider

    dont underestimate the effect Rashad Jennings has had QB and OL play. Big Difference between 2nd 5 versus 2nd and 9.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not sure if anybody joined BoSchemJackson in ripping on Condo. He’s largrely unscathed.

  • 10centsworth

    Hey, been playing football for years, banging his head. Explains aberrations like that. Actually…only thing that would.

  • The_Judge37

    Because the Terrible HC and DC are also DB “Guru’s”

  • Davy Jones

    Nobody rips Reece. They rip coaches for misusing him, but never him.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    OK, I won’t. Or that he went to Hillsdale college.

  • spiff

    I can’t tell if when you say ross has played well all year if it’s sarcasm or not ……. but ross sucksssssssss

  • 1960AutumnWind

    As opposed to a crazy left winger? Can he block? Can he protect the QB? Now we go after football players for political views? Raiders are not good enough to exclude based on something like that nor should they.