Amari Cooper out vs. Giants; Gabe Jackson dealt hefty fine

ALAMEDA The Raiders will play without their top two receivers against the Giants this weekend after Amari Cooper was officially ruled out Friday afternoon. As was announced Tuesday, Michael Crabtree will serve a one-game suspension for his role in last Sundays brawl.

Cooper suffered a concussion and a sprained ankle on the same play against the Broncos in the second quarter, when safety Darian Stewart lowered his shoulder as Cooper ran a slant route over the middle. Derek Carr threw high to hit Coopers hands, but Cooper dropped the ball and lowered his head before taking the hit.

Cooper lost consciousness but eventually limped off with the help of two trainers. On top of the concussion, he has heavily favored his right foot around the practice facility this week while nursing a sprained left ankle.

This will be the first full game Cooper has missed this season after sitting out two-plus quarters due to injury last Sunday. Crabtree will miss his second full game of the season, though his ejection last weekend makes it basically three DNPs for him this year.

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Combined, the two have accounted for 84 receptions, 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns. In their place, Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton will get more work at receiver. Tight end Jared Cook also has a chance for a sizable contribution, given the Giants have allowed the most touchdowns (10) to tight ends of any team this season. Cook also leads the team with 537 receiving yards.

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Raiders right guard Gabe Jackson was fined $30,387 for physical contact with official Laird Hayes during Sundays brawl. Jackson was rushing to teammates defense and knocked over Hayes. According to the letter sent to Crabtree by the NFL, Hayes was injured trying to maintain control of the situation. Sports Illustrated reported Hayes went to the doctor with bruised ribs and shortness of breath the next day.

According to the same report, the NFL Referees Association sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell that expressed concern that Jackson wasnt suspended.

Stewart was fined $24,309 for his hit on Cooper he was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play and is reportedly appealing the fine.

Despite the melee that ensued after Crabtree and Aqib Talib started grappling on the sideline, no other players were fined. Since Crabtree and Talib both received one-game suspensions without pay, no additional fine was handed down to them.

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Four Raiders were listed as questionable on Fridays injury report after being limited participants in practice. They were cornerback David Amerson (foot), linebacker Cory James (knee), wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and Jackson (ankle). All four would start on Sunday.

Patterson didnt practice last Friday but still played, so expect him to play against the Giants after being a limited participant Friday. The same goes for Jackson and James, who have often been limited because of their respective injuries this season.

However, Amerson, who practiced in a limited fashion all week, may not be so sure of a bet to play. After missing the last four games, he resumed practice Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 1. Asked Friday about Amerson, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said, That’s still a question mark for us. It was good to have him back out moving around.