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June 18, 2014

Panthers lineman Andrew McDonald recovering from surgery to remove cancer

Panthers0619_18Panthers reserve offensive lineman Andrew McDonald is recovering from surgery to remove testicular cancer last month, and says the cancer has not spread.

McDonald, 25, who joined the Panthers as a practice squad member last season, said he noticed a "little bump" and mentioned it to a team physician during a physical May 19. An ultrasound revealed the cancer, and he had surgery the following day to remove it.

"It was obviously surprising. Then they scheduled surgery for the next day, so it kind of hits you at once," McDonald said Wednesday. "I just kind of made up my mind not to get down, not to let it affect me, as much as I could. Just stay positive, and obviously it's worked out. Thank God for that."

McDonald said doctors believe they caught the cancer before it spread. He said the incision is healing well and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

McDonald also talked for the first time Wednesday about the Miami Dolphins' hazing scandal. McDonald was "Player A" in the Ted Wells report that looked into the bullying of Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.

According to the Wells report, McDonald "frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching," and was spoken to in a demeaning, homophobic way.

The Wells report also states former Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner gave McDonald a male blow-up doll as a Christmas gift in 2012 during McDonald's rookie season.

"I just kind of saw it as rookie -- picking on the rookies and stuff. And just kind of playing around, messing with them," McDonald said. "But some people goes a little too far sometimes. That's pretty much it."

McDonald was asked whether the bullying had gone too far with him.

"I don't think I want to get into that, really," he said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 18, 2014 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


Get well soon!

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 18, 2014 1:30:15 PM

Good to hear hope this thing has been pounded into the ground. Keep Pounding

Posted by: jason | Jun 18, 2014 2:14:58 PM

He and the Panthers medical staff handled this exactly right.
He reported it, they scheduled surgery promptly.
Perhaps the NFL could have a "blue cleat" month to follow their "pink" month. Awareness and action keeps people alive.
Well done to all.

Posted by: criolle | Jun 18, 2014 2:37:07 PM

That is a very good idea criolle.

Posted by: Richard | Jun 18, 2014 3:15:10 PM

Did they have to remove your testicle? I had mine removed about 35 years ago and I remember well. It also was a type of cancerous tumor that grew so big I could not walk. I feel for you, and sorry that happened but in most men it happens a lot. Get well my friend and hope to see you back on the field real soon.

Posted by: michael barfield | Jun 21, 2014 6:54:34 PM

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