Patriots quarterback Mac Jones fined after hitting Bengals player

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is expected to be fined just over $11,000 for his low block on a Cincinnati Bengals player during Saturday’s game. Eli Apple. Florio said the letter officially informing Jones of the fine will be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday. According to ESPN, the play came with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter, when Jones missed an incomplete pass while in the hands of Bengals safety Vonn Bell. The umpire botched the play and called it incomplete, while linebacker Germaine Pratt picked up the loose ball and ran it toward the end zone with the possibility of it reverting to a fumble. On the return, Pratt was being followed by Patriots receiver Tyquan Thornton, and Jones also ran in that direction hoping to catch him. By the time Jones reached the 26-yard line, he landed on the ground in front of Apple, who was also running down the field. Apple called out Jones after the game for what he felt was foul play. Jones was asked about the play during his radio interview on Monday. “I landed in front of him to get in the way and stop him from slowing down Tyquan, who obviously could tackle there,” he said on WEEI. “So I kind of fell 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 trying to compete, it’s a physical game. So just trying to help the team win,” Jones said. “I have all the respect for Eli and the Bengals. They had a great game. So there are no hard feelings and definitely no intent to hurt anyone in this play,” Jones said.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is expected to be fined just over $11,000 for his low block on a Cincinnati Bengals player during Saturday’s game.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said Jones will be fined $11,139 for his hit into the knees of Bengals cornerback Eli Apple. Florio said the letter officially informing Jones of the fine will be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday.

ESPN reported that the NFL was reviewing the game, which is standard operating procedure at all games as part of its on-field code of conduct for all players.

According to ESPN, the play came with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter, when Jones missed an incomplete pass while in the hands of Bengals safety Vonn Bell.

The referee overturned the play and called it incomplete, while linebacker Germaine Pratt picked up the loose ball and ran toward the end zone with the possibility that it could be reversed to a fumble.

On the runback, Pratt was being chased by Patriots receiver Tyquan Thornton, and Jones also ran in that direction in hopes of catching him. By the time Jones reached the 26-yard line, he landed on the ground in front of Apple, who was also running down the field.

Apple called Jones out after the game for what he felt was foul play.

Jones was asked about the play during his radio interview on Monday.

“I landed in front of him to get in the way and stop him from slowing down Tyquan, who obviously could tackle there,” he said on WEEI. “So it kind of fell 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 trying to compete, it’s a physical game. So just trying to help the team win,” Jones said.

“I have all the respect for Eli and the Bengals. They played a great game. So there are no hard feelings and definitely no intent to hurt anyone on this play,” Jones said.

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