Unfortunately, Houston Texans rookie WR John Metchie III was diagnosed with Leukemia and is forced to sit out for the remainder of his rookie year. While he was highly anticipated to help out the Texans he must prioritize his health. One may assume that Metchie is disappointed in the series of events that recently occurred. However, he’s in the process of pivoting and is very satisfied with his medical treatment and how the team is going about his recovery process. Metchie released a statement to the Houston Texans, ESPN reported.
“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie 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,” Houston Texans tweeted. “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.”
The Texans released a statement Sunday from WR John Metchie III announcing the rookie has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, "the most curable form of leukemia."
Wishing him a speedy recovery 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QMkqha8r3z
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 24, 2022
Texans’ Future Plans with John Metchie III
Naturally, the Texans placed the Alabama University star WR on the active/non-football illness list. Many were hoping to see his immediate impact on the field, especially the Texans. In fact, they traded up in the second round to select Metchie 44th overall in this year’s NFL draft. The Texans ultimately traded up with the Cleveland Browns, sending three draft picks.
At Alabama, Metchie recorded 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He later tore his ACL in the SEC Championship. Even with the injury the Texans still took a chance on him and they expected him to be ready for training camp. However, the saddening news hit the Internet and many have come out in support hoping that he recovers from this ferocious disease and is able to do what he loves to do.
Alabama HC Nick Saban released a statement on behalf of Metchie’s illness this past Sunday. He openly came out in support and stated:
“John has overcome every challenging place in front of him with toughness and determination, and we are behind him every step of the way in his fight against Leukemia.”
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 24, 2022