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Mark Herzlich has routine checkup

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich had a routine three-month checkup as part of his recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma cancer and the tests came back fine.

It's not cancer that has Herzlich sidelined right now; it's a stress fracture in his foot.

Knowing Herzlich and having traded e-mails with his father, Sandy, it's going to be tough to keep him off the field this year. His father told me Herzlich has no pain right now but the fracture isn't completely healed. If it were the middle of the season, he'd probably play and let it heal later. But forcing it now could cause it to become more of a problem down the road, which is why the coaches are taking a cautious approach to bringing him back.

The bigger concern for the opening game is will Herzlich be able to stay conditioned without being able to run for three weeks, and will the coaches feel comfortable enough with his preparation after not being involved in practices?