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Panthers’ Henry Anderson reveals minor stroke, wants to keep playing football: ‘I love what I do’


Carolina Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson revealed Wednesday that he suffered a minor stroke in October, causing him to miss most of the 2022 season.

Anderson last played for the Panthers in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. He told reporters for the first time that he suffered a minor stroke before playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 31-year-old man said he was at home with his wife when his arms and legs went numb and he had trouble speaking.

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson, #94, tackles Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, #24, during the second half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 11, 2022.
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The defender said he underwent surgery to remove the blood clot.

“I mean, I really didn’t know a lot about strokes before they happened,” he said, via the team’s website. “And then after the fact that I definitely found out a lot more about them and realized that I was pretty lucky to avoid something serious… I mean, I feel totally fine. Like I said, it’s not like an injury like a knee. or a shoulder. or something that you have to rehab and get your strength back and all that. This was something that I felt like I was back to normal as soon as they got the thing out.”

Henry Anderson, #94 of the Carolina Panthers, seen while playing the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Henry Anderson, #94 of the Carolina Panthers, seen while playing the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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He added that he is ready to play football again.

“I’m a soccer player,” he said, via ESPN. “I’m cleared to play, I want to be out there and play football because that’s what I love to do. I’ve been injured a few times throughout my career, and it’s always a bit overwhelming when you’re injured and not with the team, so If the doctors say I’m ready to go and cleared, I want to be out there with my guys and play with my brothers.”

Henry Anderson, #94 of the Carolina Panthers, during warm ups before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Henry Anderson, #94 of the Carolina Panthers, during warm ups before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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Anderson said the evidence on the cause of the stroke was inconclusive. He said he “just had bad luck, honestly.”

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He could play again against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.



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