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Marcus Cannon seems unlikely to play vs. Bears, but reason to feel good about backup LaAdrian Waddle

Ryan Hannable
October 18, 2018 - 2:22 pm

FOXBORO -- Marcus Cannon was missing from the start of Thursday's practice, which will be his second straight missed session.

This makes it unlikely he will be able to play Sunday against the Bears.

With most teams this might be cause for concern by losing its starting right tackle, but the Patriots have a very capable backup in LaAdrian Waddle. Even more comforting is his success against current Bears defensive end Khalil Mack.

In last year's game when Mack was with the Raiders, Waddle held his own, holding the defensive end to just two quarterback hits and one hurry in the win in Mexico City.

“I don’t think there’s too much I can carry over,” Waddle said. “It’s a different game. Different team, different circumstances, all that. Nothing really carries over from that. But he was definitely a challenging guy to go against. He can rush the passer. He’s a physical player. He’s going to play hard to play hard through the whistle. So we’ve just got to be ready for that.”

Waddle does have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

"He’s a guy who goes out and he plays real hard each play,” said Waddle. “He gives great effort, and he’s one of those guys you’re going to have to block through the whistle, because he’s not going to [stop] until the play is over. He’s a guy who can give you different kind of moves. He can rush with speed or power. So I’ve just got to be ready to roll, come out and play with great technique and let that take care of itself.”

The Patriots and Bears will meet Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

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