Former Packers TE Mitchell Henry Diagnosed with Leukemia

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2016

Green Bay Packers tight end Mitchell Henry (85) warms up before an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that former Packers tight end Mitchell Henry has been diagnosed with leukemia, according to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Henry most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens, who cut him from their practice squad in November.

McCarthy said the news "knocked all of us over" and that Henry "will definitely get support from the [Packers]," according to the Packers' official Twitter account.

ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky spoke to a source close to Henry who said the 23-year-old began experiencing pain in his shoulder shortly after his release from the Ravens. Upon further examination, doctors discovered a mass in Henry's chest.

"He's in tough shape, but he's in good spirits," the source said to Demovsky. "He's a man of faith, and he's already started treatments."

On Twitter, Henry shared a message he received from former Denver Broncos teammate Peyton Manning:

Henry entered the NFL in 2015 after going undrafted out of Western Kentucky. He first signed with the Packers in May 2015 but failed to make the team's final roster. He then joined the Broncos, for whom he appeared in two games before his departure in October 2015.

After signing with Green Bay a second time, Henry suffered a finger injury in August, and the team waived him in September.

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