Mark Herzlich has routine checkup

Updated: August 19, 2010, 12:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, sidelined by a stress fracture in his foot this summer, returned to campus Thursday after missing practice Wednesday.

Herzlich tweeted that he was getting his routine three-month checkup as part of his recovery from Ewing's sarcoma, for which he began treatment a year and three months ago.

No negative news emerged Wednesday, with a scan of his lungs turning up clear, a team source told ESPN's Joe Schad.

"Mark's tests came back fine. Blood work and CT scan were normal," Herzlich's father, Sandy, wrote in a text message, according to the Boston Herald. "The MRI [on his left leg where the tumor was] hasn't been ready yet but the doctor expects nothing bad."

Herzlich missed the 2009 season after doctors found the cancer in May. A rod was inserted in his left leg to stabilize it, and he underwent radiation and chemotherapy, all the while vowing to return to the practice field. He was able to rejoin his teammates for winter conditioning in January, and was set for summer practice when he injured his foot during drills in July.

The foot injury was later diagnosed as a stress fracture, and the team says Herzlich is day to day. He will have another X-ray soon to see how the foot is healing.

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani has been cautious regarding Herzlich's timetable, and said it could be another week before the Herzlich is ready to practice again. That leaves less than two weeks before the Eagles' season opener Sept. 4 against Weber State.

Herzlich will have another routine checkup in three months, and one again four months after that, the source told Schad.

Information from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad was used in this report.

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