NFL hands Mac Jones hefty fine for two incidents during Pats-Bengals game

Jones' two suspicious plays didn't go unnoticed by the league.

by Dzevad Mesic
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NFL hands Mac Jones hefty fine for two incidents during Pats-Bengals game

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been fined $24,000 by the NFL. The NFL fined Jones for two separate incidents - Jones was fined $13,367 for a dirty low block on Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple. Also, the NFL fined Jones an additional $10,609 for diving into a pile after the Patriots fumbled the ball in the key moments of the Patriots and Bengals game.

After reviewing the two plays, the NFL felt Jones crossed the line and warranted fines. In total, the NFL fined Jones around $24,000.

Jones was accused of being a dirty player

After the Bengals' 22-18 win over the Patriots, Bengals cornerback Apple was asked about Jones' play.

Apple didn't hold back as he underlined that he felt Jones pulled off a dirty play. When Jones was asked about Apple's comments, he insisted that his intention wasn't to injure Apple or anything like that. "I went down in front of him to kind of get in the way to stop him from slowing down Tyquan, who obviously could make the tackle there.

So just kind of went down 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. You're out there trying to compete, it's a physical game.

So just trying to help the team win. I have all the respect for Eli and the Bengals. They played a great game. So, there's no hard feelings and definitely no intention to hurt anybody on that play. Nor do I believe that when I'm playing quarterback, that's what [the defense is intending to do]; I get hit a lot, too.

We're all out there playing hard. It's just part of the game," Jones said following Apple's comments. Also, Jones was asked about diving into a pile late in the fourth quarter. Jones explained that he did it because he wanted to get the ball and keep the Patriots' chances of winning alive.

"I went over there and tried to grab the ball to save the game. At the end of the day, you’ve got to take your chance and try to get the ball, got to compete for the ball because it’s a live ball until somebody holds it up in the air. You got to go get it, and that’s what I tried to do," Jones said regarding the dive late in the game.

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