NFL considers disciplinary action against Mac Jones for dirty play
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was criticized for a questionable play during Saturday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and he could face disciplinary action from the NFL.
Jones dashed into the legs of Bengals full-back Eli Apple and knocked him out in Cincinnati’s 22-18 win over the Patriots on Saturday. Linebacker Germaine Pratt managed to find a fumble and attempt to return it for a touch, although the match was later deemed an incomplete pass. Jones tries to track Pratt for a tackle but has no chance of catching up with him. Instead, he decided to throw a low block at Apple, who was about five yards behind Pratt.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the NFL is re-watch the play for possible punishment. Jones will not be suspended.
Apple was asked about the hit from Jones after the game. He said it was Jones’ “dirty play” The opponent has come to look forward to.
Earlier this season, Jones was accused of try to kick a defender after the midfielder slipped in a scramble. There was another incident last year when Jones grab hold of the opponent’s ankle in a fumbling attempt.
Jones was not penalized in either case, but the NFL can take his history into account.