David Quessenberry has lymphoma

HOUSTON -- Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry has been diagnosed with lymphoma and was placed on the team's non-football injury list Tuesday.

David Quessenberry, 23, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T lymphoblastic lymphoma, a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
"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," a statement from Quessenberry's agents at Rep1 Sports read. "David is extremely positive and determined to win this fight against cancer."

Quessenberry experienced shortness of breath during practice on June 3, according to his agents' statement. That and a persistent cough led him to believe he had a chest cold.

He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T lymphoblastic lymphoma and began treatment later that day. The 23-year-old Quessenberry also took to Twitter on June 3:

On Tuesday, Quessenberry told CSN Houston: "I'm gonna kick the crap outta this thing and come back even stronger! I will win this fight."

He is being treated at MD Anderson hospital in Houston. T-cell lymphomas are fairly rare and account for about 15 percent of all non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses.

"Our medical community here in Houston is the best in the world," Texans 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 was a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 out of San Jose State. After a promising offseason, he suffered a severe broken foot that landed him on injured reserve for his rookie season.