Cyrus Jones, a New England Patriots second-round draft pick in 2016, underwent successful open-heart surgery this week.
Jones, a cornerback and kick returner who now is a member of the Denver Broncos after being released by the Baltimore Ravens, had surgery on Thursday due to an anomalous coronary artery, according to the Baltimore Sun. An anomalous coronary artery is a congenital heart defect that causes an artery to grow in the wrong area of the heart. This is something Jones noted he had been living with his whole life in a lengthy-captioned Instagram post.
The 26-year-old averaged 9.4 yards per punt return this season with the Ravens. He didn't see game action with Denver before being placed on the non-football injury list on Nov. 26.
Jones' condition was the same issue Shaquille O'Neal's son Shareef was diagnosed with and had surgery for in 2018. Shareef redshirted his freshman season at UCLA and has since begun playing basketball again as he's fully healed.
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