On Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez rejoined his teammates at practice for the first time since undergoing treatment for cancer.
Sanchez has taken some time following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on Dec. 1. However, less than three weeks since the successful surgery Sanchez may be able to play. Head coach Frank Reich said “there is a chance” that the punter could be back on the field this weekend.
Sanchez spoke to reporters after practice on Wednesday and shared thoughts on his recent experience. The punter noted how thankful he is for all the support from fans and the Colts organization. Additionally, he shared how grateful he is to be back with his team after the health scare.
“I’m just so grateful to be here with you guys and it’s amazing to be back,” Sanchez told reporters.
He said during the last couple of weeks he’s gotten messages and calls of support from some of his idols. That includes former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano who battled leukemia in 2012. Sanchez is hoping he’s past the worst of it and looking forward to a bright future.
“As of now, it’s looking pretty good,” Sanchez said positively.
Rigoberto Sanchez “Overwhelmed” by Love and Support
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Sanchez shared an update on his surgery to remove his cancerous tumor and thanked everyone for their support.
The Colts’ punter shared a heartfelt message on his official Twitter account for his fans. He said the surgery went well and that he was “overwhelmed” by the support he received since announcing his diagnosis.
“Surgery went well,” Sanchez tweeted “Overwhelmed by all the love and support everyone sent my way.”
Previous to his diagnosis, Sanchez told members of the Colts staff that he felt off. The staff instructed him to seek medical attention with an MRI and ultrasound, and that’s when doctors discovered the tumor.
“It’s one of those things that you just never think is gonna happen to you. I never thought it was gonna happen to me either,” Sanchez said to reporters. “Because I’m young, and when you’re young you think you can do anything and you’re going to be fine for a long time.”
Sanchez asked his doctors if his condition would worsen if he played in Indianapolis’ next game. They assured him it would not, so the punter suited up against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 29, just a few days before his surgery. He went on to punt five times during the matchup and also performed the Colts’ onside kick attempt towards the end of their 26-45 loss to the Titans.
“I wasn’t about to do that to my team. It’s all about the team, you know?” Sanchez explained of his decision to play.
[H/T TMZ Sports]