David Quessenberry, the former 2013 6th round pick out of San Jose State University, has been waived by the Houston Texans on Tuesday with a non-football injury.
Quessenberry has not played a down of football in the NFL since being drafted in 2013. His football career went on hold in 2014 when Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in June of that year.
Head football coach Bill O'Brien had this to say about Quessenberry:
"It is our hope that he'll revert to reserve NFI so he can continue to be a part of this organization, continue his recovery and fulfill his goal of playing again," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "We just felt like there may be a point during the fall, during camp when he was burning the candle at both ends, so to speak."
If Quessenberry does clear waivers, he will then be put back on the 2017 roster of the Texans on the non-football injury list, or he could reach an injury settlement with the teams and hit free agency. Despite being put on waivers, it is still the hope of the team that he can come back to the team and contribute in "some capacity".
"I don't know if there's ever been somebody that's been out for four years, but if anybody can do it, it's David Quessenberry," O'Brien said. "This guy's a driven, driven guy. He has a passion for football. This guy has never missed a day other than when he's had to go have cancer treatments at the cancer center. He's here early, he stays late, he's helping teammates out, helping in the weight room, working out on his own. So if there's anybody that can come back and play, it's David Quessenberry."