Cyrus Jones hopes for NFL comeback after open-heart surgery


Former Ravens cornerback and punt return specialist Cyrus Jones is hoping to make a comeback to the NFL nine months after undergoing open-heart surgery, the Baltimore Sun’s Glenn Graham reported Thursday.

Baltimore waived Jones in November last season and the Denver Broncos claimed him, only for them to place him on the non-football illness list two weeks later when a doctor discovered a congenital heart defect. Jones had been dealing with a stomach illness that he originally attributed to the high altitude.

“If I would have not got cut by Baltimore, I would have never found out what was really going on with me,” Jones told the Sun. “The congenital thing I was born with, that was overlooked my whole life — luckily, the unfortunate didn’t happen. They say the majority of the time, you never know until the worst thing happens — you drop dead — and, after the fact, they figure it out. So somebody has been watching over me this whole time, for 26 years.”

Jones is now looking to join an NFL team once he’s medically cleared. According to the Sun, Jones’ agent said “there’s a handful of teams interested in bringing him in for a physical and workout once he has been cleared to play.”

A 2016 second-round pick of the Patriots, Jones was originally signed to the Ravens’ practice squad in 2018 before joining the team that September. He returned one punt for a touchdown and remained on the team through the offseason before being replaced by De'Anthony Thomas.