Report: Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher suffers torn ACL

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher tore his ACL covering a punt in the first quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game between the Patriots and Saints, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Fletcher pursued a punt and remained down after the play before being helped off the field. He was replaced at middle linebacker by Dont’a Hightower, who had originally started at strong side linebacker.