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Report: Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher suffers torn ACL

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 9, 2012 09:39 PM

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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.

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