The Panthers weren’t happy with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones after the rookie made a play Carolina thought was “dirty.”
The play came in the first quarter of New England’s 24-6 win after Jones was sacked by Panthers defensive end Brian Burns. Jones coughed the ball and fell to the ground behind him. As Burns tried to go after the ball, Jones grabbed him by the ankle and refused to release him.
Burns tried to get away, but his leg twisted as a result of Jones’ grip. He limped in after the play and had to be helped to the band.
Burns was able to return to the game but came out again in the fourth quarter with another ankle injury. While he is expected to be fine, his teammate, linebacker Haason Reddick, condemned Jones’ actions after the game.
“I definitely thought it was a dirty play.” Reddick told reporters. “I actually saw and witnessed the play as it happened. At first, it felt like he was trying to trip or kick Burns. And the next thing you know, I saw him pulling on Burns ankle. I thought he was completely dirty. With Luckily, it’s something the league tackles. ”
Reddick was also upset with the officers, as he believed that Jones should have been punished.
“It seems like they’re always protecting offensive players,” Reddick said. “There is also protection for defensive players.
“That was a call that shouldn’t be missed. I’m going to talk about it, whatever the consequences. It seemed completely intentional from where I was standing, and it was pretty close. I don’t think that was so. A call that should have been missed. ” .
Jones was not asked about the play during his postgame press conference, so he did not address it. But Reddick hopes his criticism will bring the NFL’s attention to Jones’ move.
“I understand that everyone is competing,” Reddick said. “I understand that everyone wants to win. I don’t think there is room for that in the game. Everyone should be respectful, right? No one wants anyone to get hurt.
“No penalty, there’s nothing to pitch, it’s atrocious, I think it’s unfair. I really hope the league solves it.”