SEPTEMBER 8: McDaniels confirmed on Friday that Jones will not play in the Raiders’ season opener. That comes as no surprise given the ongoing tension between player and club in this bizarre situation. The absence of Jones will put added emphasis on fellow starter Maxx Crosby and first-round rookie Tyree Wilson in the pass-rush department against the Broncos. McDaniels added that cornerback Brandon Facyson will miss Sunday’s game as well.
SEPTEMBER 7: Chandler Jones‘ tirade against the Raiders continued late last night, with the pass rusher claiming on social media that the organization sent a crisis team to his house. As relayed by ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, Jones posted a series of since-deleted Instagram stories explaining the events and questioning why he isn’t allowed to play this weekend.
In one post, Jones showed a picture of a “badge belonging to a member of the Vegas CRT,” with the player claiming the individual said he was a “danger.” Jones also showed a series of texts with Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, where the player added a note that he “won’t share anything else” if the Raiders let him play (via Vic Tafur of The Athletic).
“Now I understand why players turn to social media,” Jones wrote. “At first I frowned upon it. But it’s out only outlet. If I didn’t do this, it would’ve been kept under wraps.”
These late-night social media posts were a continuation of Jones’ bizarre outburst against the Raiders that began earlier this week. Jones started his rant by claiming he was locked out of the Raiders practice facility and had to work out at a local gym. In since-deleted posts, Jones also claimed he no longer wanted to play under head coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler.
Jones has missed practice and team meetings this week, making it increasingly unlikely that he’ll be active in Denver on Sunday. McDaniels declined to say whether Jones will be in uniform for the season opener.
“We’ve never really gone into those kind of things, so I’m going to steer away from that,” McDaniels said earlier this week (via Gutierrez).
Jones is in the second year of a three-year, $51MM pact he signed with the Raiders in 2022.