Chris Mortensen Taking Leave From ESPN For Cancer Treatment

Sideline reporter Chris Mortensen  on ESPN Monday Night Football September 11, 2006 in Washington.  The Minnesota  Vikings defeated the Redskins  19 - 16.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen Taking Leave From ESPN For Cancer Treatment

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Chris Mortensen Taking Leave From ESPN For Cancer Treatment

ESPN NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen is taking a leave of absence to receive treatment for throat cancer. Here is his statement from ESPN.com.

“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer,” Mortensen said in a statement Friday. “My focus shifted significantly to gathering information about the specifics of this cancer. The initial diagnosis was confirmed Friday and there is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future.

“Consequently, with the support and encouragement from ESPN president John Skipper and many others at ESPN, I am temporarily stepping away from my normal NFL coverage duties to better engage this opportunity to fight the good fight that is projected to affect almost 1.7 million Americans with new cases in 2016.

“I have many inspirational examples of men, women and children who have faced this very fight. We all know somebody, right? I also have the love and prayers of my wife Micki, my family, my friends, colleagues and, most of all, my faith that serve as sources of tremendous strength. I have a peace about this and look forward to the battle.”

Our thoughts go out to Mortensen and his family.

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