Texans’ John Metchie expects to miss rookie season after leukemia diagnosis

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Texans rookie receiver John Metchie is expecting to miss the 2022 season after a leukemia diagnosis.

Metchie, whom the Texans took out of Alabama with the 44th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, announced today that he was recently diagnosed.

“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie said in a statement. “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.”

Metchie caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season before tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship Game. His ACL recovery had been going well and he had expected to be ready for the start of the season, but now a new health challenge will keep him off the field this year.

8 responses to “Texans’ John Metchie expects to miss rookie season after leukemia diagnosis

  1. Texans G.M. Nick Caserio made about 8 decisions during the 2022 draft (starting with Stingley over Gardner; never mind not going OT/Neal with first pick) that need to be fairly reviewed in a year or two. One of them was moving up right in front of the Ravens in round 2 (something Caserio also did in round 3) to take a Bama prospect in Metchie; Caserio spent a 3rd, 2 4ths and a 5th – a MASSIVE amount – to move up about 20 spots to move in front of the Ravens to select Metchie. The Texans once again (starting with Boselli, including Ed Reed, and many others) have failed with a medical evaluation. Everything starts at the top in the NFL and the Texans have – by far, which is saying a lot – the dumbest owner in all of pro sports in Cal McNair. Wish Metchie the best obviously but Nick Caserio is already 0 for 1 (and really 0 for 5 given what it cost in trade) in the 2022 draft.

  2. Anyone who downvotes a positive comment about a kid fighting cancer needs to reevaluate their life.

  3. @txdr

    Comm’on dude. I dislike the Texans as much as anyone, but I’m not gonna throw shade on them because this young man got sick.

    If I remember correctly, before the draft during the combine the league does one medical exam of the guys and then passes that along to teams. This is so they dont have to do 32 different exams

    In shortz he would be sick if he got drafted by the Texans, Ravens, or a USFL team

  4. Tore his ACL in December, probably not the worst timing to take a redshirt year anyway. Now he can devote himself to both recoveries. Surprised the league’s physical wouldn’t find this, my dads CLL was found on a very basic blood draw. Lucky for him he has some pretty great insurance and on call doctors right now. He’ll be back good as new next season.

  5. Thankfull he signed his contract. I wish him all the best and a quick recovery.

    Most leukemia treatments are are few months then the recommended maintenance regimen is 2y.

    John Metchie (Texans) $8.07 million, $3.049 million signing bonus, salaries $705,000 (fully gtd), $1.071 million (fully gtd), $1.438 million ($800,000 gtd), $1.805 million.

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