Great news in the NFL world.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said in a press release that he is healthy enough to focus on recovery and a return to work.
“I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment,” Mortensen said in the release. “The Stage IV throat (oropharyngel) cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.”
He went on to say that he expects to be covering the NFL in a limited capacity this season.
Mortensen revealed to everyone via statement in January that he would have to leave to work to begin cancer treatment. However, that did not stop him from beating everyone to the punch in reporting that Peyton Manning would indeed be retiring from the NFL.
Filed to ESPN: Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday in Denver per source familiar with the QB's decision
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 6, 2016
He joined ESPN in 1991 after covering the Atlanta Falcons and Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Football fans will be happy that one of their favorite insiders will at least be visible as the season gets underway next week. Most importantly, it gives a little bit more hope to the many people throughout the world fighting cancer.