Skip to main content

Eli Apple accuses Mac Jones of 'dirty play' during Bengals' win over Patriots

Mac Jones has found himself involved in a controversial play with an opposing defender for a second time in two seasons.

The Patriots second-year quarterback was accused by Bengals cornerback Eli Apple for making a "dirty play" during New England's 22-18 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.

The Bengals were on the verge of a decisive fumble-return TD from linebacker Germaine Pratt in the fourth quarter when Jones appeared to dive at the legs of a sprinting Apple, who was about five yards behind Pratt.

The touchdown was for naught as officials ruled Jones' pass an incompletion instead of a fumble, but the play stuck in Apple's mind after the game.

"Of course I did (notice it). He tripped me," Apple told on Saturday. "I thought it was a dirty play. He's done that before, I've seen it."

Panthers star pass rusher Brian Burns accused Jones of questionable on-field behavior during the 2021 season after Jones grabbed Burns' leg following a strip sack -- a move that aggravated an ankle injury.

The Patriots, who currently trail the Dolphins for the final wild-card spot in the AFC, host Miami on Jan. 1.

Related Content