New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones fined $13,367 for low hit in Saturday’s Week 16 loss to Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reports Saturday.
Jones appeared unable to catch Pratt after chasing a turnover by Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt (the pass was ultimately ruled incomplete) in the fourth quarter TT, Jones fell off and fell towards Apple’s leg, which was watching the game.
Apple expressed disappointment with the game after the game, calling it a “dirty game.”
“He’s done it before, and I’ve seen it,” Apple said. To prevent Apple blocking Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton.
According to ESPN, Jones could make a tackle there. “So just going down in front of him, trying to stop one fast guy from getting to another fast guy. It’s a split-second decision, and there’s a lot involved. You’re out there trying to compete, and it’s a physical game. So just trying to help the ball Team win. I have a lot of respect for Eli and the Bengals. They played a great game. So no hard feelings, absolutely no intention of hurting anyone in that game. I also don’t believe when I play quarterback, That’s what [the defense was meant to do]; I get hit a lot too. We both play hard. It’s just part of the game.”
In addition to the penalty for Apple’s low shooting percentage, According to Pelissero, Jones was also fined $10,609 for a separate unnecessary roughness violation in the loss to Cincinnati.
As Apple mentioned, Saturday’s incident wasn’t the first time Jones’ controversial performance has drawn attention.
Jones grabbed the leg of Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Byrne after the quarterback was fired last year during his rookie season. Like Apple, Burns also addressed Jones’ performance after the game.