The anger toward Mac Jones and the New England Patriots only grows as their losses mount. Eli Apple, a Bengals defensive back, was attempting to make room for teammate Germaine Pratt, who was rushing to the goal zone with a fumble return when Jones seemed to throw an illegal low block on Apple.
Not sure about this move from Mac Jones. pic.twitter.com/NlXdkknko8
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 24, 2022
Jones’s actions were not flagged by the referees, but the league administration was made aware of them. According to a source from Pro Football Focus, they will evaluate the play for potential disciplinary punishment and make a judgment on Monday or Tuesday.
The Bengals took an early 22-0 lead in the match, but the Patriots roared back and cut the gap to 22-18 before falling short and losing by that score. Jones allegedly broke the rules during the match, according to Apple, who also called it nasty. Naturally, I noticed it. He knocked me over.
Jones added that while watching the quarterback on film, he had seen Jones attempt other sleazy plays. At the conclusion of a slide earlier this season, Jones booted defensive back Jaquan Brisker of the Bears in the groin. In a 2021 play, he also appeared to twist Carolina defensive end Brian Burns’ ankle.
If Jones is disciplined, a fine would probably be the result. League rules provide a suspension, but the NFL seems unlikely to use that strategy given that he has already received punishment for prior infractions. 240 yards and 2 touchdowns were gained via Mac Jones’ 21 of 33 completions, with no interceptions. He received 4 sacks.