Panthers’ S Colin Jones fined for block, Patrick Mannelly takes blame
Carolina Panthers safety Colin Jones has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for an illegal blindside block on Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly, which occurred during the two teams’ preseason matchup on August 9.
Despite the NFL saying that the illegal block was Jones’ fault, according to NBC Sports, Mannelly, who suffered a rib injury, says Jones is not to blame.
“It was poor field awareness on my part and got it,” Mannelly said about the block, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mannelly feels that he should have had his head on a swivel and seen Jones coming, and it was his fault that the block occurred. The long snapper feels that he must be responsible for protecting himself.
However, as The SportsXchange points out, the NFL has been trying to do as much as possible to protect players running down the field while covering kicks, from blocks they don’t see coming, such as it was with Jones.
The exact rule that Jones violated is apparently Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (a) (8) of NFL player conduct which states that a player is in a “defenseless posture” when:
“A player who receives a “blindside” block when the blocker is moving toward or parallel to his own end line and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side”