The tragic news that Boston College outside linebacker Mark Herzlich was found to have Ewings sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, may have a happy ending.
Though he still faces multiple rounds of chemotherapy, only a small tumor in his left femur was found by doctors in their latest tests, a marked improvement from this spring, when Herzlich announced his condition and that doctors didn't expect that he'd ever be able to play football again. The results of recent tests, however, have Herzlich and doctors cautiously optimistic that he might be able to return to Boston College in 2010 and possibly on to the NFL from there.
As he told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, "Things are going really well. The goal right now is to get rid of the tumor completely and to be healthy. That's the goal right now and they're encouraged that's what's going to happen."
Herzlich, the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was viewed as one of the elite NFL prospects entering the season. In fact, National Football Scouting ranked him as the top overall prospect.