Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie III announced on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia) and will likely miss the 2022 season as he focuses on his recovery. The Alabama product was a second-round pick of the Texans earlier this spring at the 2022 NFL Draft.
“Recently, I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie’s statement reads. “I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time. 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.”
According to MedlinePlus.gov, APL is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues that “leads to a shortage of normal white and red blood cells and platelets in the body.” It is most often diagnosed around the age of 40 and occurs in approximately 1 in 250,000 people in the United States.
For the Crimson Tide in 2021, Metchie played 13 games and hauled in 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. The 22-year-old was also recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2021 SEC Championship Game.