The Houston Texans have seemingly flown under the radar so far in the build up to the 2015 NFL season.
The Texans have undergone a fair bit of turnover however, with Andre Johnson leaving the franchise to join the Colts and Nate Washington and Jaelen Strong coming in to try and take the place of the legendary receiver.
Bill O'Brien and the rest of the Houston staff decided to use none of their seven picks in the 2015 Draft on an offensive lineman however, but they could be set for an unprecedented and unexpected boost.
Return from Cancer
Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma just 364 days ago, and O’Brien addressed the “possibility” of Quessenberry returning to the field this season after a year of cancer treatments.
However, the youngster has now spoken himself and revealed that it is actually more a matter of 'when' rather than 'if' he will get back out there and in pads.
“I will be back out there,” Quessenberry said, according to Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “That will be a special day. I’ve been through a lot. That’s something that’s been a vision of mine throughout this whole process.”
Quessenberry has gained back 20 of the 40 pounds he lost during chemotherapy and radiation and is getting back near his playing weight. While his timetable remains fluid, for the 24-year-old blocker it isn't a question of whether or not he will be able to return, but rather when.
O'Brien would then go on to speak to the team's official website, where he praised how much of a warrior Quessenberry is.
“This is a tough guy,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “This is a guy that went out there and practiced three or four times last year with cancer. Before he was diagnosed, he was fighting through what he thought was probably some type of flu, cold or something.”
The Texans drafted Quessenberry in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL draft out of San Jose State and spent much of his rookie season on the injured reserve list after a foot injury.