Cannon 'blessed' to be drafted by Patriots


Cannon 'blessed' to be drafted by Patriots

By DannyPicard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Marcus Cannon knew the questions were coming. He just didntknow who they would be coming from, or when exactly theyd be asked.

But the 6-foot-5, 358-pound offensive lineman from TCU wasdrafted by the Patriots in the fifth round (138th overall) on Saturday, whichbrought up the uncomfortable topic of Cannons latest health issue.

Cannon was recently diagnosed with a treatable form oflymphoma, which was a reason his stock fell in the draft.

The Patriots, however, liked him enough during his pre-draftworkout with the team, that they decided to select him with their first pick onDay Three of the draft.

It was a blessing, said Cannon in a conference call. Meand my family were pretty ecstatic. After all that weve figured out in thelast couple of weeks, its just a blessing to have this opportunity to play inthe NFL.

Cannon said he hasnt been as emotional about the lymphomarevelation as one would expect. Perhaps thats because it hasnt yet sunk in.

He began treatment on Thursday, and said he doesnt knowwhen hell be finished with those treatments.

I listen to whatever the doctors tell me to do, saidCannon. Ive started treatment. Just listen to them, and just do what they sayand do all my treatment. Thats all I can do.

Im just happy that I got picked up today by the Patriots,he said, when asked how many more treatments hed need. Im just happy to bewith my family. Were going to take it day by day, you know?

When asked how he felt today, health-wise, Cannon said, Ifeel awesome. God blessed me.

This is something that I have to go through, he said. Godwouldnt put this on my plate if this was something I couldnt have handled. Iknew this was going to happen, I was going to have to talk about this the wholetime.

Im just taking my treatment day by day, and whenever Imdone with my treatment, is when I get to go play football.

As for his on-field attributes, Cannon said hes neverplayed guard, but would do so, if asked.

I think I bring a big frame that moves as fast as everybodyelse, or faster, said Cannon. A lot of power. And I bring a good personalityto the team.

Half the teams worked me out at guard, half the teams hadme at tackle. I really didnt care where they put me. Ill play at either oneof them.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats


Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats

FOXBORO -- When Dion Lewis wasn't spotted at Wednesday's practice, we had to make it clear when we mentioned his absence: He had only, as far as we knew, missed the start of practice. Though unlikely, there's always the chance a player emerges from the locker room once practice has started and goes through the remaining periods of the workout. 

Now that we have the injury report for Wednesday, we know that wasn't the case for Lewis. He did not show up on the report as a limited participant, meaning he didn't participate at all. 

There were no surprises on Wednesday's injury report, with nine players listed as limited, including tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (hip) and receiver Julian Edelman (foot).

For the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not participate. Bills coach Rex Ryan explained on Wednesday that McCoy aggravated his hamstring injury against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he did not rule him out for the Patriots game this coming weekend.

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
LB Zach Brown (illness)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)