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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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.”
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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.”
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.