New England Patriots cornerback and former Alabama star Cyrus Jones will miss the entire 2017 season after tests confirmed he has a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus in his right knee.
Jones’ injury came at 8:38 of the second quarter in Thursday’s preseason contest against the New York Giants. The second-year player suffered the injury while covering New York Giants receiver Travis Rudolph on a pass play.
Jones helped the Patriots capture the Super Bowl in 2016. He also won College's National Championship twice in his time at Alabama. New England selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft.
Per the Providence Journal, this is the third ACL injury suffered by a Patriots player this summer. Derek Rivers went down earlier in training camp while the team lost receiver Julian Edelman last week against Detroit.
"Jones had a disappointing rookie season, in 2016, which saw him fumble five times in the return game. This summer, however, the second-round pick looked like he was turning it around. Prior to Thursday’s game, Jones was the only member of the Patriots to return a punt in the preseason. This summer, he returned seven punts for 71 yards (10.1 average)," wrote the Journal.
NFL.com writes that "with Edelman and Jones both sidelined for the year, the defending champs are suddenly without a punt returner. The immediate candidates to replace Jones are and , who both have experience returning punts, but might be deemed too valuable to participate on special teams. New England can also throw or back there, or find help on the waiver wire."