RENTON, Wash. -- Four months ago, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald underwent surgery for testicular cancer. His NFL future was uncertain.
He was able to return in time for training camp with the Carolina Panthers, but ended up on their practice squad. On Monday, he was wearing No. 70 on the practice field for the Seattle Seahawks as part of their 53-man roster.
Add to that a little icing to the cake (no pun intended) because Monday was McDonald's 26th birthday.
"It feels great,” McDonald said. "It's a huge blessing. I want to try to say humble, but to be on the 53, especially here in Seattle, I'm pretty ecstatic about it."
McDonald (6-5, 315) also is happy about his health status now.
"I'd say I'm 100 percent,” McDonald said. "I feel great and I'm ready to go. I may have a check-up next month. I already had my first check and I was clean and clear.”
McDonald also was reportedly one of the players who endured harassment from former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, along with tackle Jonathan Martin, when McDonald played for the Dolphins in 2012.
But he couldn't be happier about the welcome he received from the Seahawks.
"These guys are awesome,” McDonald said. "I just look forward to whatever I can do for the team."