The New England Patriots will be down one key weapon this Sunday against the Chicago Bears. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon will not suit up in the Pats’ Week 7 outing at Soldier Field due to a concussion.
Cannon sustained the said head injury during last week’s thrilling 43-40 win against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Cannon would have been an integral weapon for New England to combat and slow down the Bears’ destructive pass-rushing force in the form of linebacker Khalil Mack.
Cannon’s absence should have a substantial impact on how effective Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be in the pocket on Sunday. New England’s offensive line has been good in terms of protecting Brady so far this season, as evidenced by the eight sacks they’ve allowed over the past six weeks – the third fewest in the league. The team’s 3.60 quarterback sack percentage on offense is also fourth in the NFL overall.
With Cannon getting ruled out, the Patriots will get LaAdrian Waddle a significant bump in usage. Waddle was on the field for 28 offensive snaps in the Kansas City game.
A fifth-round selection by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft, Marcus Cannon is playing on the third leg of the five-year deal he signed with New England back in 2016.