Dean Cox is helped off the ground on Friday night after being felled by Tyrone Vickery. Photo: Paul Kane
West Coast ruckman Dean Cox admits he's not the "best of mates" with Ty Vickery, but is grateful to receive an apology from the Richmond big man.
Vickery is facing a lengthy AFL suspension after hitting Cox in the jaw with a crude roundhouse blow during Richmond's 17-point win on Friday night.
Cox, who was knocked out, has little memory of the game - and none of the incident itself.
The retiring Eagle didn't suffer any structural damage but remains in doubt for Saturday's away clash with Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
Vickery publicly apologised to Cox on Sunday and he also gave the Eagles legend a telephone call to express his remorse over the incident.
"He tried to ring me a few times," Cox told Perth radio station 6PR on Monday.
"Obviously it was a number I didn't know, so I didn't answer.
"But he kept trying, so I answered and it was Ty.
"He just wanted to personally apologise for the incident and make sure that my family was aware of that as well.
"It was good of him to actually ring and pass on his apology.
"I've been involved in footy for a long period of time and realise things can happen that people don't want to or don't expect to happen.
"It was good to get the call from him. I wouldn't say we're best of mates though."
AFL greats Matthew Lloyd, Tony Shaw and Michael Voss were all critical of Vickery's actions while current players Taylor Walker and Brisbane's Pearce Hanley also expressed their distaste.
Cox said there had been no bad blood between him and Vickery leading into Friday's game.
"I haven't had too much to do with him over my career," Cox said of Vickery, who copped a two-match ban earlier this year for striking North Melbourne's Michael Firrito.
"He didn't mention anything about why the incident happened. And I can't remember anything of it."