NFL player returns to practice after missing rookie season for leukemia treatment

Three months after the Houston Texans picked John Metchie III, he was told he had acute promyelocytic leukemia.

John Metchie III is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans. He missed his whole rookie season because he had leukemia.

The Texans picked Metchie in the second round of the NFL draft in 2022. He was told he had acute promyelocytic leukemia three months after that.

He was getting better from a torn ACL he got in the SEC championship game when he got the news. When he was told he had cancer, the Texans’ coach, Lovie Smith, said the team would be there for him.

He told CBS Sports, “We’re going to be there with him every step of the way.” “He’ll be back on the field with our football team soon, and we can’t wait.”

Smith’s guess was correct. After nine months, Metchie was on the practice field catching passes.

Pro Football Talk said that two weeks ago, the new head coach of the Texans, DeMeco Ryans, gave an update on Metchie’s health and said that the former Alabama receiver would be working out during the team’s summer program.

He said, “Yes, John Metchie is doing fine.” “John will be a part of our summer training. We’ll take it one day at a time with John, just like we do with every other player, and see how he grows and where he is when the time comes. When the season comes, we’ll know where he is at the right time.”

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