Texans' rookie Metchie likely to miss season after leukemia diagnosis

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Houston Texans' rookie wide receiver John Metchie III announced on Sunday that he was recently diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and is currently receiving medical care.

In a statement on the Texans’ Twitter account, Metchie said acute promyelocytic leukemia is "the most curable form of leukaemia" and that he's "in good spirits."

"Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Luekemia," he said in a 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."

The Texans selected Metchie in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft (44th overall pick) out of Alabama after he had 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdown receptions as a junior last season before tearing his left ACL during the SEC championship game.

Metchie, who had 55 receptions for 916 yards and six TDs for the Crimson Tide in 2020, added he "cannot wait to come back stronger than ever."

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