By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
UPDATE: Thanks to the Patriots' official inactive list, it's now known that left tackle Isaiah Wynn and right tackle Marcus Cannon are both officially active on Sunday against the Cowboys.
Marcus Cannon's absence at Patriots practice on Friday was concerning, and came out of nowhere. Turns out he's battling an illness and is expected to be able to play on Sunday against the Cowboys, according to offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.
As for left tackle Isaiah Wynn, Scarnecchia didn't definitively confirm whether he's going right back into the starting lineup on Sunday. But that feels like the expectation with Wynn finally reactivated to the 53-man roster. As has always been the case, the question with Wynn isn't whether he can play well but whether he can stay healthy.
"I really like Isaiah and I like the person, I like the player - we all like the person and like the player," said Scarnecchia. "We’ve just got to keep him out there. That’s really important. So, we’ll see how it all goes."
Wynn showed in the Patriots' season-opening win over the Steelers the kind of impact he can make at left tackle. Unfortunately, questions remain about the Pats' blocking off the edge at tight end as well as their ability to run the ball up the middle with Ted Karras at center instead of David Andrews. But at the very least, Brady should feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket with Wynn protecting him on the left side.
The Cannon news is also a huge relief for a right tackle who missed Week 2 with a shoulder injury. He's played 99.3 percent of offensive snaps since then, though. Sunday should be the offensive line's first test of whether they can run the ball as well as it did last season, once and for all.
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