Jones said he didn’t put much thought into the maneuver.
“It just kind of happened,” he said. “I knew they were coming in, so I was just trying to get that extra push in the middle.”
“It was just a normal thing — try to get upfield for the block,” said Svitek, who declined further comment.
The penalty spoiled what would have been a memorable day for Jones, who has already bounced around between Houston, Tampa Bay, and New England in his six months in the league.
Jones, named the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 after compiling 12½ sacks and 19 tackles for loss, has been thrust into the starting lineup since Vince Wilfork suffered a season-ending Achilles’ injury in Week 4. He had 1½ sacks in Week 5 against the Bengals, played every defensive snap in Week 6 against New Orleans, and had 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss Sunday against the Jets.
“For a guy like Chris that came in here late, came in here and learned the defense fast, being thrown into a position early in the season, he’s done a great job for us,” Ninkovich said. “This isn’t Chris Jones’s fault by any means. This is a team loss.”