The Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that DL Jesse Williams will undergo kidney surgery after he was diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer.
Williams released a statement regarding the situation:
“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!“
Seahawks GM John Schneider also released a statement following the news:
“Jesse is an extraordinarily tough individual who has overcome a great deal in his life and we will support him in any way possible. He is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Seattle re-signed Williams to a contract in early April.
Williams, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2013 out of Alabama. He had two years remaining on his four-year, $2.37 million rookie contract when the Seahawks waived him a few weeks ago.
Williams has yet to appear in an NFL game after he spent the first two years of his career on Seattle’s injured reserve list.