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Referee: Cyrus Jones automatically ejected after throwing a punch

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 26:  Cyrus Jones #24 of the New England Patriots during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones was ejected from Sunday’s Patriots-Browns game in the third quarter after officials ruled he threw a punch during a post-play mixup.

The CBS broadcast of the game did not provide a replay, and the broadcasters didn’t seem certain of the circumstances that led to the ejection.

After the game, referee Bill Vinovich told pool reporter Mike Reiss of ESPN.com that “it was deemed that [Jones] threw a punch” and that the rule is simple. If you “punch and connect, you’re ejected,” Vinovich said.

So, that’s that. Jones will potentially be subject to further discipline — most likely a fine — after league officials review the play next week.

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19 Responses to “Referee: Cyrus Jones automatically ejected after throwing a punch”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:09 PM

    Actually they did show a replay which was cut off for a commercial.

    Right before it cut off you could see Jones flail away with a punch in retaliation for getting hit from the side.

    It wasn’t a bad or dirty hit from what I saw though, just a bit late and from the side. He didn’t get knocked down or hammered and it was nothing he should have lost his temper for.

    Expect Belichick will sit him next week and then he’ll have to work very hard in practice in the coming weeks to work his way back into BBs good graces.

  2. razzlejag says: Oct 9, 2016 6:17 PM

    Ehhhh, rookies.

  3. bspurloc says: Oct 9, 2016 6:29 PM

    “The CBS broadcast of the game did not provide a replay”

    um they showed it twice and noted they could not see what happened.
    once and went to commercial when they came back they played it again noting they had no clue why he was ejected…

  4. maust1013 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:33 PM

    Same kid that made the bad kickoff decisions last week, he needs to using his head head more and his heart a bit less

  5. shadywarrior says: Oct 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    This kid is an F- so far. Muffs or fumbles like 80% of his returns, gets ejected today. Clean it up, kid, this is a championship organization.

  6. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    don’t punch, don’t get tossed, pretty simple. not doing your job.
    grow up 24

  7. descendency says: Oct 9, 2016 6:38 PM

    The kid needs to learn you can’t throw a punch. You have to throw an elbow to the face. Totally legal.

  8. thecatalinawinemixer says: Oct 9, 2016 6:39 PM

    Wait, so you have to connect on the punch to warrant an ejection? I guess intent isn’t something they care about. But wasn’t Brady suspended because there was intent or some other bull excuse combined with his “general awareness”?

  9. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 6:51 PM

    Yeah this guy seems like one we’ll see traded or waived by next summer. Just keeps digging himself deeper with poor play, bad decisions and turnovers. BB won’t put up with it for long before trades him for a backup long snapper etc.

  10. Ferdinand says: Oct 9, 2016 7:21 PM

    You are missing the real story here — a ref found the stones to actually eject someone!

  11. pats777 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:39 PM

    So the thousands of thrown punches up until today didn’t mean anything until a Pats player was involved? Interesting.

  12. patsrule59 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:03 PM

    “This kid is an F- so far. Muffs or fumbles like 80% of his returns, gets ejected today”

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    Also got toasted for a TD today. Yeah, I’d say he’s off to a rough start of his NFL career.

  13. hockeyflow30 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:12 PM

    He did us a favor, Jones has been terrible

  14. intentionallywidenberg says: Oct 10, 2016 10:04 AM

    pats777 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:39 PM

    So the thousands of thrown punches up until today didn’t mean anything until a Pats player was involved? Interesting.
    ——————————————
    I seem to recall Richard Seymour (as a Raider) getting ejected a few years ago for punching Ben Roethelisburger going into halftime. I was quite amused.

  15. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 10, 2016 1:19 PM

    @intentionallywidenberg, congratulations to your Raiders for some outstanding football. But you don’t have to be a Raider fan to be quite amused at Big Bun getting punched.

    In fact, Seymour probably converted a few thousand new fans with that punch.

  16. TheTruth says: Oct 10, 2016 2:15 PM

    Not complaining about Jones being ejected but I saw a player kick another (out-of-play) and get flagged for it in yesterdays Denver game. No ejection. How about some consistency NFL.

  17. fjw2 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:05 PM

    I love how people claim to have seen things that were not ever broadcast.

    In both replays of the “incident” the players completely drifted out of the camera frame before the retaliation. All you ever saw was the cheap shot by the Browns player on Brown, on the complete opposite side of the field from the play, with the play nearly dead.

    Not that this would ever explain why any player would take a swing at another player. What an idiot. With all of the protective gear they wear, all he’s ever going to do is break his hand. He deserves a Darwin ejection for that one.

  18. tylawspick6 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:33 AM

    CBA never shows a phantom pentalty against the Pats.

    The Malcom Brown “defensive holding” I would have LOVED to have seen, but alas, CBA doesn’t want to know the refs are screwing the Pats in order to try to keep the game close.

  19. thebigtexas says: Oct 14, 2016 8:57 PM

    It was deemed by the NFL today that he didn’t actually throw a punch and wasn’t fined…

    So what are the people in this comment section talking about?

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