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Houston Texans Player Diagnosed with Cancer

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 09:18 AM CDT

Houston Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry had been dealing with a persistent cough and extreme fatigue for more than a week. Even a teammate noticed he was struggling to breathe. That's when he decided to see a doctor.

On Tuesday, the world learned Quessenberry has been diagnosed with lymphoma, blood cancer. The pro footballer tweeted, "my fight has just begun… as long as I have breath in my lungs… I will fight this disease… and I will win."

Quessenberry has been admitted to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where the Texans say he's getting the best treatment possible. And his coach and fellow players have been by his side. "We're all in his corner and we look forward to the day he beats it and returns to the Texans," says Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. "Whatever he needs from us we'll be there for him," said Texans center Chris Myers.

Quessenberry will now be placed on the NFL's Non-Football Illness. "One less warrior that we have out there with us…it's some of the worse news you can get, but it also gives us an added push when we're out there practicing," says left Texans tackle Duane Brown.

The support from his teammates and fans means a lot to Quessenberry who tweeted: "can't even begin to express my gratitude to the amazing outpouring of love and prayers for me and my family…. the support has been incredible…"

Texans players say Quessenberry is a fighter and that he told them not to worry. "He has smiles, laughing, joking around, he said he's going to fight this thing, he's going to kick its tail, to put it nicely," says teammate Brown.

Houston Texans Player Diagnosed with Cancer


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