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Patriots Notebook

Patriots rookie Justin Francis hoping to make an impact

MIAMI — With Chandler Jones declared out for the Miami game because of an ankle injury and Jermaine Cunningham suspended for the next four games, the Patriots are down two pass rushers for Sunday and possibly beyond.

Undrafted rookie Justin Francis is very likely one of the players who will be called upon to fill in. The Rutgers product, who was a classmate and friend of Stephen Belichick in college, has played in five of the last six games. He had a tackle and a quarterback hit against the Jets.

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