Mac Jones’ wallet will be a little lighter heading into 2023.
According to MassLive’s Mark Daniels, the Patriots QB was fined a total of $23,976 for two separate incidents during New England’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Christmas.
Jones’ most costly punishment was a $13,367 unnecessary roughness fine for a low block on Cincinatti’s Eli Apple during a fumble return that was called back.
Jones would later say that he was attempting to stop Apple from catching up to New England Wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, who was trailing Cincinnati’s Germaine Pratt in a footrace to the endzone.
“I went down in front of him to kind of get in the way to stop him from slowing down Tyquan [Thornton] who obviously could make the tackle there,” said Jones in a Monday interview with WEEI. “So just kind of went down to get in front of him, trying to stop a fast guy from getting to another fast guy. It’s a split-second decision and there’s a lot that goes into it.”
Apple did not see the play as favorably.
“Of course, I did (notice it). He tripped me,” Apple told NESN.com after Cincinnati’s win. “I thought it was a dirty play. He’s done that before, I’ve seen it.”
On Saturday, the NFL signed with Apple, slapping Jones with a sizable fine.
Additionally, Jones was fined $10,069 for unnecessary roughness when he engaged in a dog pile after Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson fumbled in the game’s closing moments. Although Jones said he saw the ball squirt into another pile, the play was blown dead a few moments earlier and the NFL has reached into his wallet for his actions.
Jones has now been fined three separate times in 2022. Jones was also fined $10,609 for unsportsmanlike conduct when he flipped a ball toward and hit Buffalo’s A.J. Epenesa in Week 13.
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