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Texans' rookie wide receiver diagnosed with leukemia

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-25 11:49:41-04

John Metchie III doesn't expect to play in his rookie season with the Houston Texans.

In a statement, the wide receiver said he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, which is highly curable.

"I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recover at a later point in time," Metchie said.

Metchie was the 44th overall draft pick in the 2022 draft, according to ESPN.

He played college football at Alabama. In a statement, his former coach Nick Saban praised Metchie's toughness and determination.

"We are behind him in every step of the way in his fight against leukemia," Saban said.