Houston Texans safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affect white blood cells, the team announced Friday.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have since returned. Berry was diagnosed in December 2014 and returned to earn Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2015. Conner was diagnosed as a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and returned as a senior.
Hal’s teammate in Houston, David Quessenberry, was diagnosed with non-Hogkin’s lymphoma in 2014 and rejoined the Texans in 2017.
The Texans say Hal is currently discussing his treatment options and is continuing to undergo testing and evaluation.
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