Former Pitt cornerback Aaron Berry out for season with Jets

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Been a while since we checked in on Aaron Berry in the NFL. Berry, a former Pitt cornerback, hasn't had the best of luck since breaking into the league and now, he's out for the season with an ACL injury.

Berry impressed early since joining the Detroit Lions as a rookie and survived the team's final cut in his first season, beating out Dre Bly and others for a roster spot. By the following year, though, things had started to go downhill. In the offseason, he ripped Lions fans. He was even competing to become a starter later, but then suffered a DUI and reportedly left the scene. As if that weren't bad enough, he was involved in an alleged assault later that year and that forced the team's hand as they cut him.

He got another chance to prove himself, though, as the Jets signed him. He played sparingly in seven games last year, registering no real stats other than a couple of tackles. Still, it had to be good to get back on the field after all the turmoil before the season.

Berry was competing for the fourth cornerback spot with the Jets but suffered the injury on Friday in practice. Just a tough break for a guy that's been trying to shake off his off-field issues. At 25, he's still pretty young. But missing the entire year is a setback - particularly for a guy fighting for a job.

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