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The Boston Globe's Greg A. Bedard reports that starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer underwent a back procedure this offseason and should be set for training camp.
Although if he runs into complications like he did in 2006 at the University of Houston, another tackle is in the fold.
Enter Marcus Cannon.
Cannon is only 24, but he's already overcome a great deal in his life. Prior to the 2011 NFL draft, the TCU Horned Frog was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
When the Patriots drafted him in Round 5, they knew they were getting a talented guard/tackle, but Cannon had to undergo chemotherapy to beat cancer first.
In Week 11 of last season, Cannon was activated and played in his first NFL game at right tackle. Cannon saw action in the last seven games of the regular season and received the Patriots' Ed Block Courage Award for overcoming the greatest of obstacles.
While the 27-year-old Vollmer is entering the final year of his rookie contract, Cannon is returning for his second NFL season.
The 6'5", 340-pound blocker was one of the most talented offensive linemen in the 2011 class, and the Patriots have benefited from taking a late-round flier on the cancer survivor.
He may not be ready to start right away, but Cannon could be New England's future starting right tackle if anything happens to Vollmer.