Leukemia was discovered in rookie John Metchie III of the Houston Texans.

 New: Leukemia was discovered in rookie John Metchie III of the Houston Texans.

Leukemia was discovered in rookie John Metchie III of the Houston Texans.

The second round choice in this year's NFL draft was John Metchie III.

The second round choice in this year's NFL draft was John Metchie III.


After being told that he had leukemia, Houston Texans rookie John Metchie III is unlikely to play in the NFL this year.



The 22-year-old wide receiver revealed his diagnosis on Sunday but claimed to be in "high spirits" and anticipate a full recovery.

He said in a statement, "Recently I received a diagnosis of APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most treatable form of leukemia.

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I'm in excellent spirits, getting excellent medical care right now, and I anticipate recovering in the future.

This diagnosis means that I most likely won't be playing football this year. I will be concentrating on my health and recuperation, and I appreciate your support and well wishes in advance. I can't wait to return even better than before. God bless you.

APL is a blood cancer that is "defined by a large increase in a kind of white blood cells known as promyelocytes," according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders.



"John has triumphed over every obstacle"

The 44th overall choice in this year's NFL draft was Metchie.

The Alabama product finished the previous season with 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns before missing time due to an ACL injury in December.

Nick Saban, his former Alabama head coach, sent him his best wishes.

In a statement released on Sunday, Saban said, "We are with John every step of the way in his fight against Leukemia. John has surmounted every barrier thrown in front of him in his life with tenacity and determination.

It's a blessing that he is at a location known for excellent care and that he is accompanied on this journey by the Houston Texans.

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