As of Tuesday morning, the Houston Texans have released offensive lineman David Quessenberry. Quessenberry is cancer survivor, and has had a spot on the team’s non-football illness list since 2014.
This doesn’t mean that Quessenberry’s time with the Texans is up, however. He was released with a non-football injury designation, meaning that he will most likely be put on the non-football injury list and make his way back to Houston as long as he clears waivers.
The 25-year-old Quessenberry has been a Texan since he was first drafted by the team in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was unable to play his rookie season, barred by a broken foot. It was also during this time period that the lineman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma after having difficulty breathing at June’s minicamp. 2 liters of fluid were found by doctors in his right lung, and his left lung refused to expand fully.
Shortly after the diagnosis, David Quessenberry underwent chemotherapy and was already in the stage of remission by 2015. Quessenberry still receives monthly chemo as a part of 30-month maintenance plan, but claims to be feeling better than ever and ready to tackle the 2016 season.
“I feel excellent. I can’t wait. I feel strong. I feel fast. I feel explosive. It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time. I can’t wait to get out there. It will be a good year.”
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