Houston Forward Times

10 June 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Houston Texans Offensive Tackle David Quessenberry placed on NFL’s Non Football Illness List with lymphoma

 Houston Texans OT David Quessenberry will be placed on the NFL’s Non-Football Illness List after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

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. “

QUESSENBERRY-306x203David and his family have requested privacy with this matter and at this time no further details will be released.

Quessenberry’s agency, REP 1, released a statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that a member of our REP 1 Family has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Houston Texans 23-year-old offensive lineman, David Quessenberry, will be leaving the game for an extended period of time while he undergoes treatment for Non-Hodgkins T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. David was diagnosed with the illness last Tuesday. He believed he had been suffering from a chest cold when he experienced shortness of breath at a Texans practice on June 3rd.

“David was admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston later that day, where he immediately began treatment that evening. The goal of David’s treatment is to cure the disease, so he can return to the life that he has worked so hard to earn. David is extremely positive and determined to win this fight against cancer. Our love for David is strong and we are praying for him and his family during this difficult time. All of your positive thoughts and prayers for David are encouraged and appreciated.”

Quessenberry, 23, was a sixth-round pick in 2013 out of San Jose State. The Texans were counting on him for OL help last season and he showed early promise after seeing first-team work. But Quessenberry suffered a broken foot before the preseason and didn’t play a regular-season game. The Texans were hopeful he could provide depth on the line in 2014. The team has a hole to fill at left guard and Derek Newton is unproven at right tackle.

The goal of David’s treatment is to cure the disease, so he can return to the life that he has worked so hard to earn. David is extremely positive and determined to win this fight against cancer. Our love for David is strong and we are praying for him and his family during this difficult time. All of your positive thoughts and prayers for David are encouraged and appreciated.”