Houston Texans rookie John Metchie III is not likely to play in the NFL this season following getting confirmed to have Leukemia.

The wide receiver, who is 22 was diagnosed on Sunday. He stated that he's in "good spirits" and that the expectation is that he will be able to recover.

"Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia," the doctor stated in a statement.

"I am receiving fantastic medical treatment, and am feeling well and I am hoping to make an improvement at some later date.

"As a consequence of the diagnosis, I'm most likely not be playing football in the coming season. My primary attention will be on my health and recuperation.

"Thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes. I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever. God Bless."

As per the National Organization of Rare Disorders, APL is a blood cancer "characterized by a marked increase in a type of white blood cells known as promyelocytes."

The Alabama player had 96 receptions totaling 1,142 yards with eight touchdowns during the season prior to a time being on the sidelines following the tearing of his ACL during December.

Metchie took the top pick of this season's NFL draft.

The previous coach from Alabama, Nick Saban, has sent him his best wishes.

"John has risen to every challenge that he faced through his life, with strength and determination.

We stand with him at each step of the way to fight Leukemia," Saban wrote in a statement released on Sunday.

"It's an honor that he's located in a city that is known for its outstanding care and an organization in the Houston Texans, who will accompany him on this journey.

"Our thoughts and prayers will remain with him throughout this battle."

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