Mac Jones fined for two separate infractions in game against Bengals

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.

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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.

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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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