HOUSTON – Houston Texans OT David Quessenberry will be placed on the NFL’s Non-Football Illness List after being diagnosed with lymphoma, according to the organization.
Quessenberry experienced fatigue and a persistent cough over the past week and sought a medical evaluation to find the cause. David was diagnosed and is presently being treated through M.D. Anderson Hospital.
“Our medical community here in Houston is the best in the world,” Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Smith said. “We are extremely confident in the care and treatment David will receive. He is a fighter and a courageous young man and we look forward to his full and complete recovery. We will continue to support him and his family and look forward to his return to the team."
His teammates were also shocked to hear the news.
“It just hit me like a ton of bricks, I’m considered to be an older guy around here and that’s like one of my little brothers, and to get that kind of text message from a 23-year old, that’ tough,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “But, like I said when I got a chance to see him, he was fine and he told me he would be okay and that’s all I needed to hear.”
“It really hits close to home because especially in the trenches right there with a guy like David who has been battling back from an injury from last year,” center Chris Myers said. “All the sudden out of nowhere he thinks he is living a healthy lifestyle and gets diagnosed with something that he had no clue about.”
Quessenberry's teammates had noticed that the 2nd year player had been having some issues, but never thought he would be dealing with this news. Quessenberry missed his rookie season and was competing for a spot on the Texans offensive line in 2014.
“We have been with him 110% right behind his back and he has had probably an overwhelming amount of support from the team which I’m sure he is very appreciative,” Myers said. “We are just behind him whatever he needs from us, we’re going to be there for him.”
Head coach Bill O'Brien, several coaches and teammates have gone to the hopsital to visit Quessenberry, who is keeping his spirits up despite the news he received.
"He is a guy that wanted his team to know right away; his teammates to know that he was going to fight this thing and he was going to beat it," O'Brien said. "From our staff and our team to David and his family, we’re all in his corner. We look forward to the day that he beats it and returns to the Houston Texans.
“He had the same attitude he had on the football field, just smiles, some of the worst news you can get as a young man, but he was laughing and joking around and said he is gonna fight this thing and he is gonna kick it’s tails to put it nicely,” Brown said. “That’s Ques though, that’s the kind of guy that I have grown to know, so it was great news.”
David and his family have requested privacy with this matter and at this time no further details will be released. On Tuesday, Quessenberry took to Twitter, thanking everyone for all the support.
I have been diagnosed with cancer. My fight has just begun. As long as I have breath in my lungs I will fight this disease, and I will win.— David Quessenberry (@DavidQberry) June 10, 2014
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— David Quessenberry (@DavidQberry) June 10, 2014