West Coast ruckman Dean Cox remains in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Adelaide after being knocked out in last week’s loss against Richmond.

West Coast ruckman Dean Cox admits he’s not the “best of mates” with Tyrone Vickery, but was grateful to receive an apology from the Richmond big man.

Vickery is facing a lengthy ban after striking Cox on the chin with a roundhouse blow during the Tiger’s 17-point win on Friday night.

The incident has been referred directly to the Tribunal, meaning Vickery won’t have the chance to reduce his punishment with an early guilty plea.

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.”

Eagles players Mark LeCras and Luke Shuey were charged with misconduct offences after remonstrating with Vickery.

They can accept $900 fines with early guilty pleas.

Eagles vice-captain Josh Kennedy had no issue with the way his teammates remonstrated with Vickery.

But he would have preferred the Eagles hurt Richmond on the scoreboard.

Instead, Richmond lifted with the next two goals in what was a low-scoring game played in driving rain.

“It’s not like the old days I suppose when you could just go back in and have an all-in brawl,” Kennedy said.