Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and is unlikely to play this season.
“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia), the most curable form of leukemia,” Metchie said. said in a press release released by the Texans.
“I am currently receiving excellent medical care, I am in good spirits and I expect to recover later. Following this diagnosis, I will probably not play football this season. I will mainly focus on my health and my recovery. Thank you in advance for your support and best wishes. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. God bless you.”
The Texans traded in the second round, sending three picks to the Cleveland Browns, to select Metchie 44th overall in the 2022 draft.
Metchie had 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season at Alabama before tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship game in December. Prior to this diagnosis, he said he expected to be ready for training camp.