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Marcus Cannon added to Patriots’ active roster

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Patriots rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has completed his recovery from an unexpected bout with cancer, and the team has now deemed him sufficiently healthy to be elevated to the active 53-man roster.

On Tuesday, the Pats shifted Cannon from the reserve/non-football illness list.

Cannon had been practicing with the team, during the three-week window that may be opened between Week Six and Week Nine.  The deadline for making a move with him was approaching.

To create a roster spot for Cannon, the Patriots released safety Ross Ventrone.  As Peter King of SI.com pointed out Monday, Ventrone had been the subject of 13 transactions with the Patriots in three months.

Make it 14.  And counting.

Cannon’s cancer was discovered in the pre-draft examination process.  A lump in his lower abdomen that had been believed to be benign was determined via biopsy to contain non-Hodgkins lymphoma cells.

Projected as a potential second-round pick, the Patriots selected Cannon in the fifth round.

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19 Responses to “Marcus Cannon added to Patriots’ active roster”
  1. Soulman45 says: Nov 15, 2011 5:14 PM

    Good luck I hope it work out for you.

  2. dhawk12 says: Nov 15, 2011 5:16 PM

    Great story! Not a Pats fan, but have to respect them taking the chance. I wish the Seahawks would have used one of their 4th round picks on him.

  3. disgruntledlesbian says: Nov 15, 2011 5:18 PM

    good luck to him!

  4. axltcu says: Nov 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    Marcus will be a beast for years and years to come!

  5. habsman says: Nov 15, 2011 5:28 PM

    Great news for our banged up line. Good luck Marcus.

  6. CKL says: Nov 15, 2011 6:01 PM

    Great story. Will be fun to root for him.

  7. flaccounibrow says: Nov 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    Hate the Patsies… But good luck to this guy!

  8. august1969 says: Nov 15, 2011 7:00 PM

    Solder and Cannon. Good draft.

  9. radrntn says: Nov 15, 2011 7:44 PM

    dislike the pat’s, but am rooting for this kid. I thought he was a legit first rounder coming out of tcu.

  10. romoscollarbone says: Nov 15, 2011 7:45 PM

    Great news for the kid. Love it.

  11. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 15, 2011 7:47 PM

    Good luck to you Marcus…I beat a very similar form of cancer 6 years ago, and am fine today. I will be rooting hard for you. God bless!

  12. mondzy805 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:26 PM

    Great news. Great story.

  13. tedmurph says: Nov 15, 2011 8:34 PM

    1rst/early 2nd round grade on this guy that Pats can take a chance on in the 5th because of all that dreaded trading down. This kid worked his ass off to get to this point, deserves a lot of credit, just for staying alive. Mario Lemieux and John Lester had same disease. Gotta root for the MAN.

  14. tatum064 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:54 PM

    Great story – all defensive ends GO RIGHT AT THIS GUY ( pressure Brady and he is just another QB ).

    Pats havent had a running game since Corey Dillon, curiously, their last Super Bowl win, right?

  15. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 15, 2011 11:28 PM

    And once again, all the good luck Marcus comments get a reactionary thumbs down from 2 mysterious haters.

    Stay classy PFT trolls.

  16. vprkilr says: Nov 16, 2011 12:44 AM

    How in the world do you “thumbs down” a good story like this?

    Good luck to Marcus!

  17. faulkana says: Nov 16, 2011 6:59 AM

    tatum064 says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:54 PM
    Great story – all defensive ends GO RIGHT AT THIS GUY ( pressure Brady and he is just another QB ).

    Pats havent had a running game since Corey Dillon, curiously, their last Super Bowl win, right?
    —————————————————
    Wow, man! Youv’e done it!
    After all of the coaches and professionals have tried to figure out how to slow down Brady, you come up with the profound idea of “GO RIGHT AT THIS GUY”. In all caps, too, so it must be brilliant!
    If Burger King doesn’t work out for a man of your intellectual stature, have you considered a job in the NFL? Start out at the bottom. Perhaps a defensive coordinator?
    I hope all of the current DC’s don’t read this…I’m a Pats fan, and I’d hate to have our whole offense shut down because of your brilliance.

  18. homelanddefense says: Nov 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    Great news for Marcus and the Pats.

    To the losers who thumbs down a story about someone surviving cancer, go jump off a building.

  19. dhawk12 says: Nov 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Who are the 4 trolls that are disliking all the support for this kid? Get a life.

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