Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones had the opportunity to pick up a fine on multiple occasions stemming from last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it was the tossing of his helmet just prior to halftime that did the trick. That earned him a $12,154 fine from the league, flagged with the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following Tyreek Hill’s miracle touchdown on the last play of the first half.
Jones also committed an unnecessary roughness penalty on a kickoff, although that did not earn him a fine.
Over the course of the game, Jones finished second on the team with six tackles, as Dallas held on for a 28-17 victory. That win comes despite Kansas City’s touchdown on the final play of the first half, in which Hill scooted past the entire Cowboys secondary for six.
Just a week prior, Jones found the end zone for the first time in his career, taking an interception back 21 yards for a score. Through the first eight games of his third year in the league, Jones has collected 34 combined tackles while defending four passes.
The Cowboys drafted Jones with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Connecticut and he has not missed a regular-season game since becoming a pro. He started 11 games as a rookie, before starting all 16 last year, leading to a career-high 81 tackles, along with 10 passes defended and the only forced fumble of his career to this point.
He will not be suspended for Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, set to take to the field for the 41st consecutive game.