Sean McDermott upset over Jonathan Jones hit on Josh Allen: I thought he should have been thrown out

Ryan Hannable
September 29, 2019 - 5:41 pm

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills coach Sean McDermott was not a happy camper before the game and that continued throughout the contest -- a 16-10 loss to the Patriots.

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The Bills coach was most notably upset over the hit on quarterback Josh Allen, which knocked him from the game in the fourth quarter. Allen was running up the middle when Duron Harmon stood him up and then cornerback Jonathan Jones came in and hit him helmet-to-helmet. 

Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness, but was not ejected. Allen did not return.

“There’s no room in football for that," McDermott said. "It is a shame to see a player like Josh, or any player for that matter, go down on a hit like that.”

He added: "I asked for an explanation. I thought he should have been thrown out. Other than that, I am not going to get into that at all. That is for the league to get into.”

According to NFL head of officiating Al Riveron, the hit did not rise to the level of ejection, per a pool report.

Jones said afterwards there was no intent to injure.

"We all know J. Jones, he's a striker, he can hit pretty hard," Harmon said. "Just the way the league is, if it looks too hard they are going to call a penalty on it. It's unfortunate. We will learn from it. We will work through it and then we will get better from it."

Allen is in the concussion protocol.

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