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By February, Quessenberry had gone into remission, but he still had to undergo a maintenance protocol that involved chemotherapy pills to keep the illness at bay.Artie Burns Jersey
He hoped to return to the field last season, but ultimately the Texans decided he couldn't. In an emotional scene shown on HBO's "Hard Knocks,Steve Smith Sr Jersey" coach Bill O'Brien told Quessenberry he was going to be placed on the non-football illness/injury list.
Now more than a full year removed from the most intense part of his treatment, Quessenberry was optimistic.Josh Doctson Jersey After losing more than 30 pounds during treatment, he'd gained back most of it. He was still taking medications as part of a maintenance plan,Von Miller Jersey but he was back to working out and practicing with the team.
O'Brien said the team believes this plan will give the former sixth-round pick his best chance to contribute to the Texans.
"We've got a guy that can play football,Jack Conklin Jersey" O'Brien said. Let's give him every opportunity to beat cancer, first, and then get back to where he can actually get on the field and compete and help us win."