The Houston Texans have announced that Andre Hal has been taken off the non-football illness list.
Some of the best news of the season for the Houston Texans is safety Andre Hal’s cancer is in remission and now he has been temporarily removed from the non-football illness so he can take part in their practices moving forward.
Sarah Barshop of ESPN reported that Hal started practicing with the team on Wednesday, writing the following:
"“The Texans now have 21 days to add him to the active roster or he will stay on the list and will not be able to play again this year.”"
This is great news for the secondary since they have endured a recent streak of bad luck with injuries. Hal has shown in the past to be a solid player at the safety position. Kareem Jackson, Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Reid have been great overall as a collective unit this season, so Hal could ease his way into shape knowing he has a solid position group is in front of him.
Hal is entering his fifth season into the league and he has accumulated 176 tackles, one quarterback sack and nine interceptions with the team.
Besides the obvious talent and ball-hawking skills he brings to the defense, this is a solid move off the field for the team as they rally behind Hal and live vicariously through him as he makes his recovery back to full health.
Hal is one of the few remaining players left from the Texans 2014 draft class, he played good enough at safety to merit a contract extension, and he must be itching to get back to the field and play the game that he loves.