It’s been a busy day for the Cincinnati Bengals, but we can’t let it go quietly on Christmas Eve.
By now, you probably know all about the “play” that nearly cost the Bengals a decisive victory over the New England Patriots.
Mack Jones’ infamous fumble that wasn’t called a fumble had another layer.
On a fumble return by linebacker Jermaine Pratt that wasn’t, the Patriots QB took a ridiculous hit on Bengals cornerback Eli Apple.
As CBS Boston reporter Michael Hurley caught on Twitter, Jones was unable to tackle Pratt as he tried to return the touchdown. Instead, Jones cheap-kicked Apple, who was behind Pratt, and did absolutely nothing to help the Patriots, other than trying to hurt his opponent.
I don’t think Apple’s involvement is accidental. Everyone knows he’s an expert at getting under the skin of opposing players, but this is completely out of line. Such blows are completely unnecessary, but can easily cause serious injury.
Here’s hoping the NFL actually addresses him, which is clearly not a given.