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Chandler Jones went to the hospital Sunday morning with no clear explanation. According to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, the Patriots defensive end had used synthetic weed.


Jones had been at the Foxboro, Mass. police station before being transported to a hospital. He was present at the team’s practice on Monday. The police department’s dispatch record from the call about Jones was modified with no explanation, which could be a violation of Massachusetts public records law.


The NFL doesn’t list synthetic weed as one of their banned substances, but it can punish a player for violating the law. The city of Boston banned synthetic marijuana, but it appears to still be legal in other parts of Massachusetts, including Foxboro. Though the substance usually has “weed” or “marijuana” in its name, the chemistry and effects are totally different than that of the real thing.

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