Found December 06, 2011 on Fox Sports:
(Eds: APNewsNow. ) By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer Nick McDonald's path to playing in the NFL has been difficult. His mother died of cancer when he was 14. McDonald wasn't drafted last year but made the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. He was on their roster for all 20 games, including the Super Bowl victory, but was inactive for all of them. The Packers waived him on Sept. 3 and he was on the New England Patriots practice squad from Sept 16 until last Saturday. The next day, he was the Patriots starting center, snapping the ball to Tom Brady and doing his job quite well in a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. McDonald got the opportunity after three other centers were sidelined. He could start again Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

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