ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen has been diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer and will temporarily step away from his role at the network.
“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer. My focus shifted significantly to gathering information about the specifics of this cancer. The initial diagnosis was confirmed Friday and there is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future,” Mortensen said in a statement.
ESPN president John Skipper also issued a statement: “Our thoughts are with Chris and his family as he faces this challenge. He is an extremely respected colleague, who has the complete support of his entire ESPN family. We wish him strength and hope in the battle ahead and look forward to his return whenever he chooses.”