Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams was cleared for light workouts two weeks after having surgery to remove one of his kidneys as a result of a cancer diagnosis.
Williams shared the news on Twitter on Thursday and The News Tribune reports that the third-year veteran had surgery on May 28 for papillary type 2 cancer at the University of Washington Medical Center. Two days after doctors removed one of his kidneys, he checked out of the hospital.
Williams, 24, is a Brisbane, Australia, native. The Seahawks drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Alabama—Williams also played at Arizona Western College—but knee injuries kept him out of his first two seasons.
Williams watched the Seahawks’ organized team activity on Thursday from the sidelines.
2 Weeks Post papillary Type 2 Renal Carcinoma Stage Three Surgery! Cleared For light Workouts! If you Know me You will Know how Much that Means to me to be Back out there Moving Around And Hanging Back With the Team! Not an Easy Journey So Far but I Don't think it would mean as much or be worth it if I didn't have to Fight for What I Wanted! And I Want This!! Appreciate the @seahawks for Standing By me Through all This & Can't wait to be Back on the field Representing Such a Great Organization! #MonstarStrong #WarReady
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- Mike Fiammetta