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Patriots CB Cyrus Jones suffers torn ACL, will miss season

Patriots CB Cyrus Jones suffers torn ACL, will miss season
Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones (Gilman) receives attention on the field after an injury during the first half Thursday night against the Giants. (Winslow Townson / AP)

Cyrus Jones, the former Gilman star who went on to win a national championship at Alabama and a Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots, tore his ACL in Thursday night's final preseason game, according to reports.

The Patriots' second-round pick in 2016 (60th overall), Jones struggled as a rookie last season and played in just 10 of 16 games.

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But he vowed to put last season behind him and the cornerback/kick returner was having a strong preseason.

He came back to Baltimore after the Super Bowl to visit his old school, Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School. At that time he said, "I have no doubt I'll be back and this will be a thing of the past."

Jones will now spend the season rehabbing his right knee. The injury occurred during the second quarter when he was covering New York Giants wide receiver Travis Rudolph. There did not appear to be contact when Jones went down.

He was likely to be the Patriots' top punt returner because wide receiver Jiulian Edelman tore his ACL last week.

NFL Network first reported the severity of Jones' injury.

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