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Cancer survivor David Quessenberry makes regular-season debut for the Texans

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry made his NFL debut in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quessenberry, who completed cancer treatment for non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma earlier this year was ready to play.

"It was everything I dreamed of while I was going through my treatments," Quessenberry said. "Getting out there and playing a full-speed game today was exactly how I'd hoped it went."

"[I had] butterflies when they called my personnel. Running out there and then getting down in my stance, and once I started hearing the quarterback's cadence, instincts take over and you just go and make your blocks."

Quessenberry was drafted by the Texans out of San Jose state in 2013, but his path to the pros was quickly derailed. In September that year. The offensive lineman suffered a season ending foot injury before he could get into a game. But the real blow came in June, 2014, when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Quessenberry's cancer went remission in 2015 after receiving radiation treatment. He officially completed his treatment in April this year, in time to join the team for OTA's in May.

After spending most this season on the practice squad, Quessenberry was promoted to the active roster on December 19th  and on Christmas  when Houston faced Pittsburgh at home  he not only got the start, but was named captain by head coach Bill O’Brien.

"That guy was in tough shape not too long ago," coach Bill O'Brien said. "For him to come back and play in an NFL game is an incredible thing."

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