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Injury update: Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon expected to return in time for the regular season, possibly sooner

The veteran will be back on the field when the game starts to matter.

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After ending the 2017 season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, New England Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is apparently again dealing with a medical issue. While it has been reported to be a minor injury that should not keep him out for a prolonged period of time, the veteran has already missed almost two weeks because of the undisclosed ailment.

However, the 30-year old is expected back when the games start to matter (per The Athletic’s Jeff Howe):

Marcus Cannon is expected to return from his injury absence in time for the regular season, if not sooner, according to a source.

Cannon returned to the Patriots’ starting lineup earlier this offseason but was forced to leave practice on August 1. In his place, LaAdrian Waddle stepped in as the top option right tackle – at least until today, when first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn received reps with the top unit. If Howe’s report turns out to be accurate, however, neither of the two will be on the field for the New England’s regular season opener.