The NFL is trying into an incident from Saturday’s recreation the place New England quarterback Mac Jones appeared to dive on the toes of Bengals cornerback Eli Apple.
During the Patriots’ 22-18 loss to the Bengals in Week 16, Cincinnati defender Germaine Pratt recovered a New England fumble and tried to run it again to the top zone for a landing. Jones chased down the play, however as an alternative of attempting to deal with Pratt, he threw his physique on the toes of Apple, who was chasing down the play himself. Clips circulated on the web after the sport, with many — together with Apple — calling the hit soiled.
Now, the league could step in. According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is reviewing the play for potential discipline, and will have a ruling both Monday or Tuesday. A suspension shouldn’t be anticipated, however is throughout the realm of risk, in response to the report.
The play in question was in the end dominated an incomplete move and the fumble was nullified, however Jones has nonetheless come under hearth.
“He tripped me,” Apple informed NESN.com. “I thought it was a dirty play. He’s done that before, I’ve seen it.”
It’s not the primary “dirty” incident Jones has been concerned in his career. In a recreation final season against the Panthers, he was strip-sacked by edge rusher Brian Burns, and appeared to yank Burns to the bottom by his ankle. In a Week 7 recreation against the Bears, he appeared to kick security Jaquan Brisker in the groin whereas sliding.
It’s been a irritating season throughout for the Patriots, particularly on the offensive aspect of the soccer. With longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels leaving the staff to be the Raiders’ head coach in the offseason, Jones and Co. have struggled. The Patriots are twenty fifth in the NFL in yards per recreation, whereas the second-year QB is twenty seventh amongst all quarterbacks in passer score after scoring a Pro Bowl berth in his rookie season.
Jones has, on a number of events, been seen airing his frustration to the teaching workers on the sideline, which has additionally rubbed others the fallacious approach. In the previous week alone, two former Patriots legends – Julian Edelman and Vince Wilfork – have ripped Jones for making “pissy faces” on the sideline, in Edelman’s phrases.