In June of 2014, guard David Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Houston’s 2013 sixth-round draft pick has missed the last three seasons recovering from cancer after missing his rookie season with an injury. Now, DQ is in remission and taking snaps with Houston’s starters in training camp.
Last season, former second-round pick Xavier Su’a-Filo started 15 games for the Texans. But at training camp this week, it has been Quessenberry taking the first team snaps while Su’a-Filo recovers from offseason knee surgery (Su’a-Filo has reportedly been on the practice field, just not working with the starters).
"It's real early in camp, but I'm enjoying my reps with the first team," Quessenberry told the Houston Chronicle. "I'll play wherever they want me. Right now, that's at left guard with the first team, and I'm happy to do it."
This season, the Texans’ offensive line will see the return of veterans Greg Mancz and Jeff Allen, along with 2016 second-round pick, center Nick Martin, who is returning from an injury that cost him his rookie season. If Quessenberry becomes a permanent addition to the starting lineup, there could be some shifting along the offensive line.
Quessenberry’s return to the lineup, particularly if he is working with the starters, could be an incredibly helpful addition to an offensive line that struggled last season. After missing the last several years, 2017 could be the first time that DQ starts a regular season game for the Texans.