New England Patriots defensive back Cyrus Jones was forced to exit Thursday’s preseason finale against the New York Giants after suffering an apparent right leg injury.
Jones looked to be holding his right knee after going down without any contact, and needed help to walk off the field as he headed to the locker room. He wasn’t able to put much, if any, weight on the injured leg and was eventually ruled out for the game.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) September 1, 2017
The Patriots already sustained a major non-contact injury this preseason from Julian Edelman, who tore his ACL in the team’s third preseason game and will be out for the season. Deatrich Wise also remained sidelined Thursday following a concussion suffered during the Patriots’ preseason opener.
Jones is expected to compete lower in the depth chart amongst Patriots corners, behind the likes of Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler. If Jones were to miss extended time, that would open up more playing time for Eric Rowe, Justin Coleman and Jonathan Jones.
New England selected Cyrus Jones in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft out of Alabama. His impact as a rookie came mostly on special teams, averaging 4.2 yards through 11 punt returns and 22.5 yards on eight kickoff returns. He also recovered two fumbles.
The Patriots allowed 21 touchdowns through the air last season, which was ninth-lowest in the league. Their 3,806 passing yards allowed on the season ranked 12th in the league. The team added Gilmore in free agency after he spent the first five years of his career with the Buffalo Bills, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season.