On Sunday, Cleveland Browns defenders will have an unlikely fan in Panthers DE Brian Burns. The Browns visit New England this weekend, and Burns, who was injured by a cheap shot from Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, wouldn’t mind seeing Jones get a taste of karma.
“I wish all my fellow D-end brothers happy hunting. That’s all,” Burns said on Wednesday.
Brian Burns did not hold back his frustrations with Patriots QB Mac Jones 😳 pic.twitter.com/hGWeM3Bno6
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We presume Burns wouldn’t normally wish opposing defenders good luck, but in this case, Burns is just calling an audible. After seeing a replay of Jones’ dirty play, Burns questioned the rookie quarterback’s actions.
“I thought it was some bull at first for him to grab my ankle in the first place. After watching the video and … him just walking away, everything didn’t seem right about it,” said Burns. “I’m down there in pain. He just looked at me and walked off like he did his job or some bull like that.
“After seeing that, that’s when I realized, ‘Damn!'”
You can see the sack and forced fumble-turned-injury below:
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After Burns sacks him, Jones clearly goes all WWE on Burns’ ankle. The only difference between a Bret Hart ankle twist and this one is that this one was real.
Following the play, Burns had to be helped off the field. He later returned to the game, but the ankle again forced him to the sideline. He’s been unable to practice this week and his status for Sunday’s game at Arizona is yet to be determined.
If it were up to Burns, he’d skip the Cardinals game regardless and instead line up against New England for a second consecutive week.
“It would be nice to have an apology, but it’s not going to happen. However the NFL handles it, it’s on them,” Burns said Wednesday. “I would just like to play them again.”
Instead, Jones will have to let the Browns’ defense hunt for Jones and the rest of the Patriots while the Panthers go on the prowl against the Cardinals.
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