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Great recovery for Patriots’ Dane Fletcher

FOXBOROUGH — It was exactly one year to the day.

On Aug. 9, 2012, Dane Fletcher fell to the turf while covering a punt in the first quarter of the Patriots’ first preseason game, against the Saints. He knew almost immediately: He’d torn his left anterior cruciate ligament. His season, which was to be his third in the NFL, was over.

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