Kevin Curtis battling testicular cancer

Kevin Curtis, a free-agent wide receiver who was trying to heal up from a knee injury, has something more serious he is battling now. Testicular cancer.

The veteran, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, revealed the sobering news to the Deseret News. He underwent surgery on Sept. 23 at the Hunstman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The good news is Curtis believes the disease was caught at an early stage, and he hopes to join a team later this season.

Curtis said a half-dozen clubs have contacted him at various times. Now, he’s got to make sure he has the cancer battle under control, but he wants to get back to work.

"I wanted to wait until the season was over," Curtis told the newspaper. "They said it was risky to wait."

He had a cancerous testicle removed and is now upbeat. It was a situation he monitored every six months after a free-agent visit in 2007 showed an abnormality in a routine physical. Curtis and doctors followed the situation and he had to take action.

Now, he’s plotting a healthy future.

“I don't know if anyone is interested now," Curtis said. "Teams with issues called and said let us know when you're ready. I was the best option during camp. My agent will send a letter to the teams telling them what's going on and to keep us in mind for an emergency guy. He'll tell them our plan and when I'll be ready. A lot is going to depend on needs."

Even more will depend on Curtis’ health. The National Football Post wishes him a full and fast recovery.

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