Hurt Mark Herzlich misses practice

Updated: August 9, 2010, 9:45 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, set to return to practice on Monday after missing all of last season while battling cancer, was held from practice Monday with a foot injury he suffered during a summer drill, according to a school spokesman.

Herzlich had an X-ray on his right foot Monday, and it was negative. He is listed as day to day.

Herzlich's return was one of the most anticipated of summer camps, as he made a full recovery from Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

"Yeah, it's frustrating," the ACC's 2008 Defensive Player of the Year said Monday afternoon, according to the Boston Globe. "It doesn't get much more frustrating, to be honest. Mentally preparing to come back for the first day and being ready to go was obviously one of the goals. With my leg, that is fine and that's ready to go. This foot set me back. It's frustrating, I've just got to take it in stride.''

Herzlich said the injury occurred during a routine drill a few weeks ago during a change in surface from sand to turf.

"They told me that if it happened at the end of the season and we had three games left, that I could just play with it and it would get better after the season," he said. "This early, we just decided to give it a few more days."

In 2008, Herzlich's six interceptions were the most in the country by a linebacker, and he returned two of them for touchdowns.

Defensive tackle Damik Scafe also missed practice Monday, due to a back injury. Defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey has not reported for fall camp due to undisclosed personal reasons.

Heather Dinich covers college football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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