Cannon Relying On His Faith

When the New England Patriot selected Marcus Cannon in the NFL Draft, they knew they were taking a chance, but they had faith it will pay off. Cannon, who is battling a form of cancer, is using his own faith in God to help him through the treatments.

New England's second offensive lineman taken in the draft, TCU Marcus Cannon is notable for an unfortunate reason: he recently was diagnosed with cancer.

Cannon found out during his medical examinations at the Combine that he has a treatable form of the disease. One team, he said, ordered a biopsy, which revealed that he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This past Thursday, he began treatments, but when asked if he'd be ready for the start of the season, Cannon said he was unsure.

"We're just taking it day by day," he replied during his introductory conference call with the local media. "But God wouldn't put this on my plate if I couldn't handle it. I knew I'd slip (in the draft, because of the diagnosis), but I had faith that someone would take me."

Cannon was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the Draft (138th overall). Considered a top talent at his position, Cannon's Draft day slide can be attributed directly to the diagnosis he received. New England opted to take a chance on Cannon for his incredible upside potential.

The Patriots needed another interior offensive linemen on the roster. The team still has questions at the guard position. Longtime starting right guard Stephen Neal retired this spring, while left guard Logan Mankins remains in a contract dispute with the team. Mankins has been Franchised by the Patriots and is not expected to report to camp until the matter is resolved.

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