John Metchie III doesn't expect to play in his rookie season with the Houston Texans.
In a statement, the wide receiver said he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, which is highly curable.
"I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recover at a later point in time," Metchie said.
Metchie was the 44th overall draft pick in the 2022 draft, according to ESPN.
He played college football at Alabama. In a statement, his former coach Nick Saban praised Metchie's toughness and determination.
"We are behind him in every step of the way in his fight against leukemia," Saban said.