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Panthers' Brian Burns expecting an unlikely apology from Pats’ Mac Jones

Patriots QB Mac Jones declines to apologize to Panthers' DE Brian Burns, who wishes his fellow D-end friends 'happy hunting' on the rookie quarterback.

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Patriots QB Mac Jones declines to apologize to Panthers' DE Brian Burns, who wishes his fellow D-end friends 'happy hunting' on the rookie quarterback.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns was expecting an apology from New England’s rookie QB Mac Jones after he grabbed his right ankle and “twisted it” in Sunday’s game.

However, Burns knows he’s not going to get it.

“It would be nice to have an apology,” Burns said today. “Mac, it would be nice to have an apology. But it’s not gonna happen.”

Mac Jones twists Brian Burns’ ankle

With 39 seconds left in the first quarter of the Panthers vs Patriots game, Jones grabbed and held onto Burns’ ankle until he got him on the ground after a strip-sack.

Burns stayed down for a while looking hurt, while Jones got up and walked away. Burns then departed the game with an ankle injury in New England’s 24-6 win over Carolina, and he believes Jones’ move was intentional.

“As soon as I sacked him he grabbed my arm — and my arm was trapped,” Burns said. “Once I got my arm free and tried to run, obviously he grabbed my ankle. At that point I just remember going down with my ankle hurting.”

Pats’ Mac Jones’ reaction to the strip-sack play

Speaking on Monday, Jones said that he did not intend to “hurt anybody or anything like that,” and that he was just trying to tackle Burns and make the play.

When asked on Wednesday about whether he would apologize to Burns, the quarterback said he’s “already moved on,” and is focused on Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

“I already addressed that situation,” Jones said. “I'm just looking forward to playing in this game with the guys we have on our team this week. We're already moving forward and getting ready to play this week.”

Is Brian Burns able to play now?

Burns did not practice on Wednesday and it is not yet known if he will play Sunday’s game against Arizona.

While a lot of controversy is building up around why Jones was not penalized or fined by the league, Burns is not concerning himself with what the NFL does. Instead, he just wants to “play them again,” and he wishes all his “fellow D-end brothers happy hunting.”

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