Colts Punter Rigoberto Sanchez Reveals He Will Undergo Surgery Tuesday To Remove Cancerous Tumor

by Jennifer Shea

Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez has announced that he will undergo surgery Tuesday to get rid of a cancerous tumor in an undisclosed location.

Colts Punter Shares Cancer Diagnosis

“Like I said before, it’s always God’s plan and it will always be bigger than my plans,” Sanchez posted to his Instagram account on Monday. “So grateful to be surrounded by doctors that helped me catch the cancerous tumor before it spread all over my body. I will be getting surgery on Tuesday and I know that it will not be an easy bump on the road, but I know I have my amazing wife supporting me along with family, coaches, and friends reaching out.”

“Unfortunately, there are things you can’t control in life and this is one of them,” he added. “No plans or preparation would have gotten me ready for this kind of adversity, but like I told my wife, we can’t flinch. Keep striving to come back stronger than ever.”

Sanchez Will Likely Miss Rest of Season

“Makes me sick that I’ll have to miss some time playing beside my brothers,” Sanchez concluded. “But I know they will hold it down. I will be watching. Love y’all. #God’sPlan #ColtsNation.” 

Sanchez turned over kickoff duties to Rodrigo Blankenship on Sunday, the Indianapolis Star reported. But Sanchez nonetheless punted five times. He also managed the Colts’ onside kick attempt at the close of the game.

He didn’t kickoff for the Colts on Sunday because of what head coach Frank Reich said was a “physical issue.” 

Reich did not offer further details.

The punter joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2017, according to Bleacher Report. Since that time, he has become one of the most reliable punters in the National Football League. And he currently ranks ninth in the league with 47.2 yards per punt this season.