The Patriots, who are starting to deal with Marcus Cannon properly, intend to give up the 2020 season due to fears of playing in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Herald has learned.
According to a source, Cannon is seriously considering giving up in recent days, often discussing the possibility with his family. Along with other Patriots veterans, Cannon was expected to report to Gillette Stadium on Tuesday for COVID-19 testing. From Monday night, however, Cannon plans to miss the season all together.
The 32-year-old would be playing his tenth season, starting this September. As a rookie, Cannon overcame Non-Hodgkins lymphoma before embarking on a long career. He was diagnosed shortly before being selected in the draft of the fifth round of 201
Since then, it has turned out that Cannon is a stable startup on the Pats offensive line. He started 15 games last year, missing one due to a shoulder injury. His best season came in 2016, when he won the All-Pro nod.
Cannon is expected to become the third patriot to give up the 2020 season after defender Danny Vitale and offensive guard Najee Toran earlier Monday.
His departure will be a significant blow to the attacking line of Pats, which is in a short time with a proven depth of handling.
After starting the left-wing fight with Isaiah Win, the list includes Korea Cunningham, Yodni Cajuste, a project selected in 2019, who spent last year in an injured reserve and in 2020 in the sixth round Justin Herron. While Cunningham has little experience in dealing (seven appearances in an NFL game), Cajuste and Herron do not. The only other liner with remarkable experience in combat is the starting left guard Joe Tuni, who is a professional guard as a professional.
The ducks can also get a trade decision or sign off the street, as they did last season with Marshall Newhouse after Cannon dropped in week 1.
Offensive Patriots coaches Cole Popovic and Carmen Bricillo are figured to have their hands full, tidying up the starting line as they replace legendary assistant Dante Scarnechia.