Denver Broncos

Former Patriot Cyrus Jones undergoes successful open-heart surgery

Former Patriot Cyrus Jones undergoes successful open-heart surgery

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B58F21KnSRJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

 

Report: 49ers acquire WR Emmanuel Sanders in trade with Broncos

Report: 49ers acquire WR Emmanuel Sanders in trade with Broncos

Shortly after the New England Patriots traded for Mohamed Sanu, the San Francisco 49ers responded by acquiring a wide receiver of their own.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos sent Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth-round draft pick to San Francisco for third and fourth-round picks. Denver apparently preferred to keep Sanders for their Week 8 matchup vs. the Colts, but that didn't go as planned.

Sanders is a great addition to a 6-0 Niners squad in need of a veteran wide receiver presence, but it appears he wasn't their first choice. They targeted Sanu before the ex-Falcons wideout landed with New England, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Now, Sanders will catch passes from ex-Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Given that Pats connection, along with San Francisco originally targeting Sanu and running back Matt Breida "liking the 49ers' chances" vs. New England, a potential Super Bowl 54 matchup between the two squads just got even more intriguing.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NFL Rumors: If traded, Emmanuel Sanders wants to go to a winning team

NFL Rumors: If traded, Emmanuel Sanders wants to go to a winning team

If he's indeed traded before the October 29 trade deadline, Emmanuel Sanders would like to go to a winning team, according to Vic Lombardi. 

Luckily for Sanders, the Patriots are undefeated and could use a true outside receiving threat to best construct an offense that can appropriately compliment New England's league-best defense. 

We'll find out just how interested the Patriots are in acquiring Sanders via trade, but as of now, they're the betting favorites to land the wide receiver, just ahead of the 49ers, Eagles and Saints.

The Broncos' reported asking price is at least a third-round pick according to Adam Schefter, so it'd be interesting to see if that price goes down if Sanders starts to sit out up until the deadline. The Broncos are currently 2-5 following an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs Thursday night, Joe Flacco doesn't seem to have much left in the tank and Sanders, 32, isn't getting any younger. 

It appears more and more likely that the Broncos will look to find a new home for Sanders by next week, it'll just depend on whether they're willing to send him to a conference foe for less than what they originally wanted. John Elway could do what the Steelers did with Antonio Brown and trade Sanders to any other team, even if the return isn't as good. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.