Brian Burns’ feud with Mac Jones raged on into Wednesday afternoon, as the Panthers defensive end commented for the first time on the tackle the Patriots quarterback made against him in their teams’ Week 9 meeting.
Like his teammates, Burns thought the play was dirty.
“I feel like he tried to twist (my leg), personally,” Burns said of Jones during a news conference.
Burns’ teammate Haason Reddick had previously gone to bat for him, but this was the first Panthers fans got to hear from Burns since the tackle. Here is the play as viewers saw it happen in real time:
The Carolina defensive end came up lame after the play, but was able to return to the game. He left in the fourth quarter with an injury to the same ankle. Burns admitted he was dealing with some problems with that ankle entering the game, but he was certainly worse for wear after the tackle. Burns strongly feels that what Jones did was illegal.
“Watching the replay and watching all the angles and everything they got, I think it’s some bull,” Burns said. “I think it’s some bull for him to take his legs — because my main thing is that he took his legs and he swept the one leg I had up. You know what I mean? And then … I think it’s some bull.”
Jones said that he thought Burns had the ball on the play, and that’s why he made the tackle. However, Burns didn’t buy that explanation.
“Even if you thought I had the ball, it’s not legal to trip somebody or to leg sweep somebody, let alone twist ankles, or whatever … it’s not legal to do that,” Burns said. “And like everybody else ran past us. If I had the ball, don’t you think I’d be getting tackled? Or your teammate would help? So I don’t think it’s cool, but it’s whatever.”
Could anything make this right for Burns?
“It would be nice to have an apology, Mac,” Burns said. “It would be nice to have an apology. But I mean, it’s not gonna happen.”
Burns was right about that. Jones was asked whether he planned to apologize to Burns at the Patriots’ news conferences on Wednesday.
“I already addressed that situation,” Jones said.
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So, Burns is hoping for the next best thing: revenge. He can’t get that himself, as the Panthers and Patriots aren’t likely to play again this season, but he’ll live vicariously through other players as they try to sack the talented rookie.
“I wish all my fellow D-end brothers — happy hunting,” Burns said with a smile. “That’s all.”
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