Patriots' Cannon hits practice field for the first time since diagnosis


Just three months after finishing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, New England Patriots rookie Marcus Cannon has started practicing with the team.

Cannon, the 6 foot 6 inch, 348 pound offensive tackle, has not played any football since early January, when he played with TCU against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

"It was awesome, finally getting to play with the team,’’ Cannon told the media at his first practice. “It was finally nice to actually get on and move around a little bit, and have fun a little bit."

Whether or not Cannon will actually see any game time this season remains to be seen, but his progress thus far has impressed fans, players and Patriots executives alike.

"I appreciate the fact he didn’t come out there looking for any kind of pity," said his coach, Bill Belichick. "He’s out there working, and working hard, just like everyone else.’’

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