Texans wide receiver John Metchie III is making «big strides» in his recovery from a form of leukemia, general manager Nick Caserio shared Wednesday.
Caserio said the rookie receiver has an «opportunity» to be ready for the Texans’ offseason programs, which begin in early April.
«I would say there’s a chance he’s ready for the start of the offseason program. I think there are still a few things he has to complete or get through. Frankly, it’s amazing what he’s done up to this point.» Caserio pointed out during an appearance with Seth Payne and Sean Pendergast on Houston’s SportsRadio 610.
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Caserio added that Metchie had maintained a positive outlook despite her health circumstances.
«In fact, he looks better now than when we recruited him in the spring. His strength has improved, his lower body strength has improved. His attitude has been great, even though he’s been dealing with a lot of things medically «.
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Metchie revealed in July that she had been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. He said he would forgo the 2022 NFL season to focus on his treatment and recovery.
«I was recently diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of leukemia. I am currently receiving excellent medical care, am in good spirits, and hope to recover later.
«As a result of this diagnosis, I will likely not play football this season. My main focus will be on my health and recovery. Thank you in advance for your support and well wishes. I can’t wait to come back stronger than ever.» God bless them,» Metchie said in July.
The team placed Metchie on the non-football illness list after the diagnosis. He worked out at the Texans facility after his diagnosis and was sometimes seen at team practices.
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Caserio mentioned that there is no timeline for the pass catcher to return to the field. He warned that Metchie would still need to work on some «modifications» before returning to the football field.
Metchie was a second round draft pick. He caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021 with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He suffered an ACL injury during the first half of the December 2021 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs, which would be the last game he played at the college level.
Earlier this week, the Texans announced that Lovie Smith would be relieved of his head coaching duties following a 3-13-1 season. Smith’s controversial firing marked the second year in a row that the organization parted ways with a head coach after just one season.
The Texans fired David Culley after the team went 4-13 in his one season in charge.
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Also, the team lost the first pick in this year’s draft after winning its regular season finale against the Colts.