The National Football League’s (NFL) Cleveland Browns recently revealed that wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will miss the start of the league’s training camp because of “alarming” blood clots in his legs and lungs.
Goodwin began experiencing pain in his legs and slight shortness of breath during team activities in the spring.
Tests conducted afterward revealed that Goodwin had been suffering from blood clots in his legs and lungs.
Goodwin, who signed with the Browns during the NFL’s offseason said of the blood clots, “It was really alarming at first because I’ve experienced injury throughout my career, but it’s never been anything like this that could turn into something detrimental if it’s not taken care of.”
“It was frightening at first, but now I’m at ease with it. I’ve prayed and just given it over to God,” the 32-year-old athlete said. “It’s out of my control, and the only thing I can control is my effort and attitude and how I approach each day moving forward.”
“It’s one of those things that is totally out of my control, out of the doctor’s control and out of the trainer’s control,” he added. “It’s really an unfortunate deal we have to deal with, but we need to deal with it in the proper fashion. The Browns are doing everything in their power to support me through it by allowing me to be around the team, on the field and in meetings.”
Goodwin thanked the Browns for their support.
“I’m grateful for that, and hopefully this thing gets back under control and I can feel my body and what I need to feel so I can help this team make this run,” he said.
The Browns did not comment on whether Goodwin would be able to play on the field because his illness was not associated with football.
The Browns’ first training camp practice will take place soon at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Goodwin has played 102 games in his career, during which he has achieved 187 receptions, 3,023 yards, and 18 touchdowns.
Goodwin has played for five teams after being drafted in 2013 by the Buffalo Bills, including the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, and the Browns.