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Minnesota Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze has leukemia

He was a 1st round pick out of USC in 2004. From AP-

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze has a form of leukemia, which is cancer of the blood and bone marrow, a person with the team confirmed Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. The Vikings declined to comment, but they issued a statement from coach Brad Childress that didn’t specifically address Udeze’s condition.

“We respect the privacy of Kenechi. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Minnesota Vikings organization are with Kenechi and his family,” the statement read.

Two Twin Cities television stations first reported the news on Monday night. KSTP-TV, without citing a source, reported that the 24-year-old Udeze was undergoing tests to determine the severity of the disease. Ethan Lock, Udeze’s agent, declined to comment.

Without details about how quickly the cancer was identified or what form of leukemia Udeze has, there’s no way of knowing a prognosis.

There are different types of leukemia. My half sister is a leukemia survivor. Good luck Kenechi Udeze, I hope you beat the disease too.

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