Patriots QB Mac Jones draws two fines for roughness

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones received fines totaling $23,976 for two unnecessary roughness calls in last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, per multiple reports.In the Dec. 24 game in Foxboro, Mass., Jones dropped to the ground in front of Cincinnati cornerback Eli Apple during a return of a possible fumble, resulting in the first fine of $13,367. The fumble was ultimately overturned.”He tripped me,” Apple said after the game, according to NESN.com. “I thought it was a dirty play. He’s done that before, I’ve seen it.”Jones, 24, tried to explain his actions in an interview with WEEI on Monday. “Obviously, 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,” Jones said.”Just kind of went down in front of him and tried to stop a fast guy from getting to another fast guy. Just a split-second decision, and there’s a lot that goes into it. You’re out there trying to compete, and it’s a physical game, so just trying to help the team win.”The second fine, for $10,609, was related to a play late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 22-18 victory.

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