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Patriots trade defensive end Chandler Jones to Cardinals

Kevin Hoffman | USA Today Sports
Kevin Hoffman | USA Today Sports
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball and New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) pursues during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sept. 20, 2015.

Defensive end Chandler Jones has been traded from the New England Patriots to the Arizona Cardinals for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft and former first-round pick Jonathan Cooper.

The teams confirmed the deal Tuesday, and it will become official after both players pass a physical.

The Patriots receive Arizona’s second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft (61st overall).

Jones was a first-round pick in 2012 and led the Patriots with 12.5 sacks last season. In the off week between the final regular-season game and the first playoff game for the Patriots in January, Jones was hospitalized when he was found kneeling in front of a police station asking for help. Jones admitted he made a mistake but would not confirm reports he used synthetic marijuana, which is legal in Massachusetts.

“I made a stupid mistake,” Jones said before the team’s final full practice before an AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cooper has been a bust in Arizona.

A physical guard at North Carolina, he was the seventh overall pick in 2013 but has started only 11 games in three seasons. He spent his rookie year on injured reserve with a broken leg and perpetually seemed to be in the doghouse of coach Bruce Arians.

Just 26, Cooper could still fill a role for the Patriots, who ran into significant depth issues up front in recent seasons.

The Patriots recoup a draft pick in the deal to compensate for losing their first-round pick in 2016. It was stripped by the NFL as punishment for the Deflategate scandal.

Jones was in the final year of his contract.

Free agent defensive end Chris Long, who was released by the Los Angeles Rams last month, visited with the Patriots on Monday.

Long has played his entire career with the Rams, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008.

Long, who turns 31 this month, was limited to 18 total games the past two seasons because of injuries.

The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long played in 114 games with 54.5 sacks in St. Louis.

With Jones leaving, the Pats have returning starter Rob Ninkovich, top backup Jabaal Sheard and 2015 draft picks Geneo Grissom (third round) and Trey Flowers (fourth round).

Ebner to try for Olympic rugby team

Another big-time football player has announced his intention to take a shot at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner was granted a leave of absence on Tuesday and plans to join the U.S. rugby team at its Chula Vista training camp.

“We are proud to support (at)Natebner34 in his effort to earn a place on the United States National Rugby team,” the team tweeted.

Earlier, Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin and USC star Adoree’ Jackson said they would try to qualify for the U.S. track team in the long jump.

At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Ebner was an All-American in rugby at Ohio State before being selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft.

In four seasons with the Patriots, he has become a staple on special teams and was re-signed by the team this week.

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