The NFL handed out some fines for bone-jarring hits from Week 1. However, Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland escaped a penalty or fine for the hit on New England Patriots QB Mac Jones that left the second-year signal caller with back spasms.
After reviewing plays that were flagged for unnecessary roughness and roughing the passer, the NFL decided to extend a fine to the Carolina Panthers’ Brian Burns for his hit on the Cleveland Browns Jacoby Brissett, but not to Holland for his tag-team finishing maneuver along with Fins safety Brandon Jones on Jones.
NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero shared the information.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 17, 2022
The high-low hit from Holland and Jones led to the Patriots QB’s back injury. Here is a look at the hit.
Mac Jones trying to get everyone in order and then gets sawed in half like a magician’s assistant pic.twitter.com/ie97RCrqVj
— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) September 15, 2022
Jones’ tests were negative, and he will play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, this was a close one. Moving forward, the Patriots’ offensive line has to ensure they are not leaving Jones out to be slaughtered–especially ahead of a matchup with a notoriously good pass-rushing team like the Steelers waiting in the wings.
Even with TJ Watt out, the Steelers still have Alex Highsmith and Cameron Heyward in the lineup and ready to pose a stiff challenge for the Patriots offensive line.
The Hit on Mac Jones Brought Back Bad Patriots Memories
The last time New England fans saw their starting quarterback take on a hard hit below the knee, it was Tom Brady taking the bump from Bernard Pollard in Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season.
The hit resulted in a torn ACL for Brady. He’d miss the rest of the season, but the Patriots still finished 11-5, narrowly missing the postseason.
Thankfully, Jones didn’t suffer a similar fate, though initially, the hit looked more devastating than the one Brady took from Pollard.
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