In a statement released by the team on Sunday, Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie announced he has been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. According to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, APL is considered to be the most curable subtype of leukemia in adults.
Metchie said he expects to make a recovery at a later date but will not be focusing on football and will likely not play this season.
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— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 24, 2022
“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie said in his statement. “I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time. As a result of this diagnosis, I will likely not be playing football this season. My main focus will be on my health and recovery. Thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes. I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever. God bless.”
The Texans selected Metchie in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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