There haven’t been a lot of positives so far for the Las Vegas Raiders this season, but one thing that has been crystal clear on the field is that wide receiver Davante Adams has been as good as advertised and quickly became a favorite target of quarterback Derek Carr.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for Adams following the Raiders’ loss last Monday night to the Kansas City Chiefs. While leaving the field, a frustrated Adams shoved a photographer down to the ground. The photographer would immediately file a police report against Adams, ultimately leading to the Raiders receiver being charged with misdemeanor assault.
Many have wondered whether Adams would face disciplinary action from the NFL, but nothing has come down just yet. According to NFL reporter Ian Rapaport, disciplinary action is a possibility, but it won’t be made until the legal issues have been resolved:
The NFL is weighing possible discipline against Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams for shoving a credentialed photographer on the way to the visitors tunnel after Las Vegas’ loss to the Chiefs last Monday, with the photographer falling on the ground afterwards. Adams could be fined, suspended or both.
Adams’ status won’t be resolved in the near future, sources informed of the situation say, which indicates Adams will stay on the field moving forward for Las Vegas this season, at least until his legal situation has reached its conclusion.
Because it is now a criminal matter, it requires a league investigation which will take some time to conclude, and thus, Adams will remain available until it is done. Once the case is resolved in any way, be it charges dropped, a settlement, or any other possibility, a decision from the league will likely come shortly after.
The citation on Adams says that the Raiders wideout committed an “intentional, overt act” that inflicted “bodily injury.” Among the injuries listed are a possible minor concussion, whiplash, and headache.
Losing Adams for any significant amount of time would be a major blow for the Raiders’ offense. Adams has nearly twice as many targets as any other Raider through the first five games of the season, and his five touchdowns are tied for third-most in the league.