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One day at a time for Marcus Cannon

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 28, 2011 01:08 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- When he suited up for practice this week, it was the first time Marcus Cannon took the field since the Rose Bowl. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in April. The Patriots, aware of the risk, still used their fifth-round pick to take him. Talking to reporters today, Cannon said at no point did he worry about whether he'd ever play again. He's just done as much work as possible to bounce back.

"It was awesome, finally getting to play with the team," Cannon said. "I've been interacting with the guys, and it's finally nice to get on, move around a little bit, and have fun a little bit."

In May, Shalise Manza-Young wrote about how trying the experience was for Cannon, whose father Ebbie said, "doesn't even catch colds." While he's been out, he's done whatever work he's been allowed to -- conditioning, running, lifting weights. He said he received support in the form of tweets, texts and letters. and that the players in the Patriots locker room have been nothing but supportive.

I was really blessed not to have so many side effects of the chemo and I wasn’t really down. So I got to do a lot of stuff. Some stuff I couldn’t do, but it was pretty good.

Everybody in here’s awesome. I was blessed not to have such a bad chemo outcome so it really wasn’t a big deal. They didn’t see it on my face. But everybody in here has been real supportive. The offensive line’s been helping me get into it. I love this team. Everybody’s great, everybody’s real supportive.

After removing Cannon from the reserve/non-football injury list, the Patriots have three weeks to make a decision on his roster status. Coach Bill Belichick said, "He’s had some limitations, but he’s done what he can do, I’ll say that. Whatever he has been cleared to do, he’s done. Of course, this is the first week he could work out on the field and do anything. But as far as conditioning, running, lifting and those kinds of things, the things he was able to do, he worked at and he did."

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