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Rookie Jones tears ACL

6/10/2004 - Cleveland Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland rookie defensive back Sean Jones is
likely to miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left
knee.

The Browns' second-round draft pick out of Georgia, Jones tore
his ACL when he jumped to intercept a ball during practice on
Tuesday. When he planted his leg, receiver Dennis Northcutt dove
into his knee.

"It was an unfortunate and a freaky type of a deal," Browns
coach Butch Davis said Thursday.

The Browns didn't report the injury until Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Jones is a hard-hitting safety who was
expected to play immediately for the Browns. He will have surgery
June 22.

"It's pretty disappointing, but I just have to keep my spirits
up," Jones said.

He said he's never had an injury this severe but he is focused
on rehabbing the knee and getting ready for next season.

Cleveland has an older secondary, particularly at safety, where
Earl Little and Robert Griffith are the starters.

Little said Jones would have been a valuable backup, but they
still have second-year defensive back Chris Crocker.

The Browns also have signed defensive back David Gibson who was
with Tampa Bay last season.

"It's unfortunate because the guy's just getting his feet wet.
The season hasn't even begun," Crocker said of Jones. "You hate
to see something end before it gets started."