Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris has had a fist-sized cyst removed from his lung.
A team physical discovered the large cyst on Monday before it was drained and removed on Tuesday morning.
Harris arrived back home on Wednesday and announced the news in a series of tweets.
"Thank God for team physicals!!!" Harris said in the first tweet, posting a picture of himself hooked up to a monitor, a large bandage covering the 1-inch incision on the right side of his chest.
"EVERYTHING IS FINE, [doctors] found a fist sized cyst on my lung next to my heart. Shows the importance of getting routine check-ups, GET YOURS!" Harris tweeted. "It's a #blessing!!! Should be 110 percent very soon and back to work. Thanks for the prayers and keeping me lifted!!! MUCH LOVE."
Harris' agent Dave Lee revealed that the cyst was not cancerous and is unlikely to return. He is hopeful that Harris will be fully recovered when the training camp opens next month.
DuJuan Harris enjoyed a miraculous turn-around of fortunes during last season. The 24-year old was cut by Jacksonville Jaguars after their training camp before spending only four days at Pittsburgh Steelers before they released him. He returned to Jacksonville and worked at a car dealership when the Green Bay Packers signed him.
Their coaches were instantly impressed with the 5ft 9in running back and he was promoted to the active roster.
By the end of the season he had cemented his role as a regular starter. Harris had rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in four games catching a team-high five passes in NFC wild-card win over Minnesota.
The cyst had been pressing against Harris' lung his whole life and reduced his capacity. He will now have full lung capacity meaning it could improve his endurance in the long run.
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