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Notre Dame GA Kyle McCarthy to take leave of absence because of cancer

Former Notre Dame player and current graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy is taking what the school terms "intermittent leaves of absence" from the program after he was diagnosed with cancer.

“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” McCarthy said in a statement via Irish Illustrated.)

“(Wednesday), I began chemotherapy as the next step in eliminating this disease. I’m truly blessed to have such amazing love and support from family and friends. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. I expect a full recovery and look forward to returning to the team during and after my treatment. Go Irish!”

McCarthy was a captain on Notre dame's 2009 team. He has 240 career tackles, which puts him second in ND history among defensive backs. He had a brief NFL career with AFC West teams Denver, Kansas City and Oakland.

“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”

For more Notre Dame news visit Irish Illustrated.

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