Bears safety, ESPN have something to say about Mac Jones

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Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker and ESPN had things to say about New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones on Wednesday – Brisker about Jones’ foot and ESPN about a Jones’ pass.

In Chicago’s 33-14 victory over the Patriots on Monday night, Brisker was in the vicinity as Jones slide down on two of his three rushing attempts. Brisker said he thinks Jones tried to kick him twice, and coming in with his right leg high on the last one, the QB did catch the safety in the crotch even as Brisker leaped to try to get out of the way.

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“Looking back, when he first slid, he had tried to trip me, so I feel like the second time was intentional,” Brisker said during an appearance on “The Bernstein and Holmes Show” on WSCR-AM in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. “After looking back at the film, it looked intentional. … I tried to avoid him. The way he slid, he slid with his feet on the ground first. I tried to avoid him, and he kicked his foot up, so it was very intentional to me.”

Brisker said Jones apologized after the game.

“He just came up to me and said that he apologized,” Brisker said. “I think he said he didn’t mean to do it or something like that. … I just told him I hope he can get healthy and things like that — good luck.”

Jones had missed the previous three games because of an ankle injury, and Brisker got something of a last laugh on the former Alabama All-American.

On Jones’ final snap of the game, Brisker, a second-round rookie from Penn State, made the first interception of his NFL career in the second quarter.

That pass came under scrutiny on Tuesday when a slow-motion video made the case that the football had hit a wire supporting ESPN’s SkyCam before Brisker’s interception. If that did happen, the play should have been dead and the snap replayed.

On Wednesday, ESPN said there was no way the pass hit the wire.

“The pass from Mac Jones did not hit ESPN’s SkyCam wiring,” read a statement released by the sports network. “A video circulating created that false impression, but in reality, the SkyCam wire was more than 15 feet above the ball, and our SkyCam system followed all NFL protocols.”

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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