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Go ahead, call it a comeback

Updated: July 30, 2010, 10:39 AM ET
By Peter Keating

When he takes the field for Boston College this fall, linebacker Mark Herzlich will undoubtedly need a few weeks to shake off the rust. But he has an unexpected ally in his attempt to come back from cancer: precedent. A look at the historical record reveals that a cancer survivor like Herzlich or a severely injured star like Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, who fractured his left leg in May, has a better shot of returning in full force than someone coming back from retirement or a long suspension.

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