For the second time this month, the NFL fined New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones for not taking a penalty during a game.
In Saturday’s 22-18 loss to Cincinnati, Jones threw himself in front of cornerback Eli Apple after Bengals linebacker Jermaine Pratt thought he returned a fumble for a touchdown. rice field.
On Monday night, NBC Sports’ “Pro Football Talk” reported that the NFL would fine Jones $11,139. In the NFL/NFL Players Association Offenses and Fines Schedule, the amounts are standard fines for low block first offenses. Blocking below the waist is prohibited in change of possession play.
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After the game, Apple called Jones’ block a “dirty play.”
During his weekly appearance on WEEI-FM’s ‘Merloni, Fauria, MegO Show’ on Monday, Jones offered an explanation: The former Alabama All-American is on the verge of Apple catching up to New England wide receiver Tyquan Thornton. pursued by Platt.
“I got down in front of him and tried to stop him from slowing Tyquan down. Tyquan could obviously tackle there. It was just a split-second decision because I kind of fell in front of him trying to stop it.There are a lot of things out there.You’re trying to compete and it’s a physical game so the team wins I’m trying to help
“I have the utmost respect for Eli and the Bengals. We’re all just playing hard and it’s part of the game.”
The conduct that fined Jones was never officially committed. In the fourth quarter, while trying to avoid being sacked by Cincinnati’s safety bomber on the second-down snap at Cincinnati’s 30-yard line, Jones flicked the football forward from his left hand (not throwing). Pratt jumped loose on his football and took off for the end his zone. Jones chased. He didn’t have a chance to catch Pratt, but around the New England 25-yard line, Jones threw himself to the left in front of Apple, who fell on Jones.
Officials ruled that Jones threw an incomplete pass and was penalized for intentional grounding. Cincinnati contested the incomplete pass decision in hopes of a reversal to the fumble, but the officials’ decision was upheld by the review.
The NFL fined Jones $10,609 for hitting Buffalo Bills defensive end AJ Epenesa with a football in the Patriots’ 24-10 loss on December 1.
Epenesa sacked Jones on the second and eighth snaps from the Buffalo 8-yard line with 2:13 left for the Bills to lead 24–7. When Jones got up, he backhanded the football at Epenesa. The overturned soccer ball was flipped by the defenders, Epenesa made no reaction, and officials did not assess the penalty.
$10,609 is the standard fine for first-time provocation, according to the sportsmanship section of the fine schedule.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter. @AMarkG1.