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Marcus Cannon of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

UPDATE: Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon has opted out of the 2020 NFL season. The announcement happened late Monday night.

The 2020 NFL season could go on without New England’s Marcus Cannon, as a source has told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Jim Murray that the 32-year-old tackle will opt out of playing this season.

“I had heard that Marcus Cannon is going to be one of the players from the Patriots that’s not playing [in 2020],” said Murray.

Big (Scoops) Jim’s scoop came with the mention that Cannon, a three-time Super Bowl champion during his nine-year run with the Patriots, has a medical history of his own, battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011.

“Maybe [his 2011 cancer battle] is the reason,” Murray said. “Maybe it’s just overall COVID concerns, but Marcus Cannon, from what I understand, is going to be one of the players on the Pats that opts out.”

Cannon, who played in 87.7 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps in 2019 (fourth-most among New England linemen) is one of 12 offensive linemen the Patriots currently have signed to their roster.

Murray touched on this scoop further during the second hour of Monday’s “Re-Entry Monday” episode of Felger & Mazz.