McDonald, who spent most of Wednesday's minicamp on a stationary bicycle, is expected to be ready to compete fully once training camp begins in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 26th.
McDonald didn't have any symptoms, but noticed a "bump on his skin" on one of his testicles and met with doctors on May 19th. Doctors determined he had testicular cancer and operated the following day to remove the mass.
After playing in college at Indiana University, McDonald signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent the entire year on the practice squad, and was released at the team’s final cutdown last August.
The Panthers announced his surgery on their Twitter page on Wednesday:
OT Andrew McDonald plans to return for training camp following cancer scare. STORY: http://t.co/oOT61DDpNB pic.twitter.com/CW5NpclDI8McDonald, who attended Indiana University and Warren Central High School said doctors believe they caught the cancer before it spread:
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 18, 2014
It was obviously surprising news. They scheduled surgery for the next day, so it kind of hits you all at once. But I just made up my mind not to get down or let it affect me and stay positive. It's out and right now I should be all good. It has worked out, so thank God for that.McDonald also said that he would need to return every few months for follow up Computer Tomography (CT) Scans.
It could have been a lot worse. McDonald kept quiet for a while after he noticed the small bump but eventually mentioned it to Panthers’ doctors during a physical in the spring, and an ultrasound found the cancer. Fortunately, it was before it had time to spread:
Right now it’s out. It’s been four weeks now, the incision’s recovered well and I’m feeling goodThe recovery process has caused McDonald to miss all of Carolina's Organized Team Activities and minicamp practices, forcing him to work on conditioning while watching his teammates compete.
McDonald will return to the field in training camp to once again fight for a roster spot, trying to make up for lost time. Considering the multiple battles he has fought so far in his 25 years of life, we shouldn't count him out just yet.
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