Pro Football Talk reports that TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who has frequently been connected to the Steelers in NFL mock drafts as a second- or possibly first-round pick, has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Unfortunately, the results of the biopsy showed that Cannon has lymphoma. Doctors had previously been aware of a benign mass that was present for years and is in his stomach/pelvic area.
Doctors are recommending that Cannon will have to undergo chemotherapy, which could be potentially finished in 12 weeks. Even if Cannon has the most advanced stage of the disease, he could be finished with treatments in 24 weeks and the doctors have informed Cannon he could "hopefully" continue with his football career at that time.
This form of cancer is treatable, with survival rates of over 90 percent, and perhaps better for a young man like Cannon. Clearly, however, this will have an effect on Cannon’s draft status, and the timing for him, with the draft set to begin in two days, really could not be worse. We at SB Nation Pittsburgh wish Cannon the best of luck.