There's some sad news emanating out of Seattle this evening.
The Seahawks have announced that defensive tackle Jesse Williams has been diagnosed with papillary type 2 cancer.
The Australian native has had a tough couple of years with injury since being drafted by the team in 2013, and will now go under the knife once again for kidney surgery.
Williams is yet to appear in a regular season game despite Seattle viewing him as a player with huge potential - separate knee injuries keeping him out. This latest set back, though, is obviously more concerning to both the player and those around him.
"Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fightin this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. That you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!," Williams told Seattle's official website.
At the time of writing there are no further details on the cancer diagnosis itself, but it goes without saying that the NFL community wish the 24-year-old well for the battle that lies ahead.
Seahawks GM, John Schneider, spoke on behalf of the franchise on Monday afternoon:
"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."
Latest set back
The diagnosis comes just a couple of months after things appeared to have been turning round for the Australian native.
With the Seahawks having waived Williams in the first week of March after his persistent injury trouble, the two sides had appeared to agree to a new deal by March 16 which would have seen the 323 pound, 6ft 4 inch aspiring star return to try and fulfil his potential.
Having won two BSC National Championships during his time as part of the Alabama Crimson Tide roster, Williams also has a Super Bowl ring having been on Seattle's roster for their XLVIII victory.
As Schneider noted, he has shown exceptional resilience over that time and has defied the odds on a number of occasions.