Seahawks’ Jesse Williams diagnosed with cancer

May 18, 2015, 2:37 PM | Updated: 3:19 pm
“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” Jesse Williams said of h...
"Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this," Jesse Williams said of his cancer diagnosis. (AP)
(AP)

Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams will need kidney surgery after being diagnosed with papillary type 2 cancer, the team announced on Monday.

The team’s press release provided no other details but included statements from Williams and general manager John Schneider.

Williams: “Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!”

Schneider: “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.”

Williams Tweeted this after the team’s announcement: “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. Appreciate the Support From all Over the World! Ready for What’s Coming, Recovery is up next.. #MonstarStrong”

Cancer.net has more information on what Williams is dealing with.

Williams, a 24-year-old Australian native, was chosen in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and has not appeared in a regular-season game because of knee injuries. He was waived then re-signed earlier this offseason and was going to compete for a spot in Seattle’s defensive-line rotation.

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