Texans rookie WR John Metchie III diagnosed with leukemia

John Metchie III, a rookie wide receiver for the Houston Texans, announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with leukemia.

"Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia," Metchie said in a release by the Texans.

"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."

Metchie was placed on the active/non-football illness list by the Texans on Sunday. In the 2022 draft, the Texans traded up to select Metchie 44th overall by sending three picks to the Cleveland Browns.

In December, Metchie tore his ACL in the SEC championship game after catching 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. Earlier this year, he had said he would be ready for training camp by now.

Prayers go out to this young man for the next step in his journey. Let's hope he gets well soon to live out his dream of playing professional football

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