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Reports: Udeze has Leukemia

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This is absolutely horrible news.

From The LAT:

Kenechi Udeze, a starting defensive end for USC's 2003 national championship team and a four-year starter for the Minnesota Vikings, has leukemia, two Minnesota television stations reported Monday.

KSTP reported that Udeze, 24, is still undergoing tests and it could be several weeks before the severity of the cancer is known. The station did not reveal its source for the story on its website. KMSP also reported the news.

Udeze, who went to Los Angeles Verbum Dei, played three seasons at USC, earning All-American honors in 2003. He left school following his junior season after helping the Trojans to the Associated Press n ational championship.

He was drafted in the first round by the Vikings in 2003. Udeze played in all 16 games last season, making 53 tackles.

Ethan Lock, Udeze's agent, would not comment on the diagnosis to KSTP.

Obviously, if I'm Udeze's agent I would keep it quiet too at least until the type and severity is known. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kenechi and his family.