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2014 NFL Draft Prospect was shot in stomach; Former NFL player charged

LSU linebacker Tahj Jones, who was a senior last season and participated in the Tigers’ pro day Wednesday, was shot Friday night, and police said former Miami Dolphins draft pick Brandon Winey (who played 24 games in the NFL) was the shooter.

Jones, 24, was listed in serious condition after being shot in Sulphur, La., about 20 miles east of the Texas border along Interstate-10. He is hospitalized in Alexandria, La., where he underwent surgery Saturday. reported that Sulphur police arrested Brandon Winey, 36, a former LSU offensive tackle who was a sixth-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, by Miami. Winey was charged with attempted second-degree murder after fleeing the scene.

Winey shot Jones who only starter three games at LSU last season over female. Winey played in 24 games over three NFL seasons (2001, 2003-04) with Denver, Washington and the New York Giants.

This is bad news for Winey, but it makes you feel bad for Jones who was ranked as a free agent in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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