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Statement on Joe Andruzzi

06.01.2007

Former Browns guard Joe Andruzzi has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and the Browns wish Andruzzi a full and speedy recovery.

Andruzzi's condition was made public in a statement released by his agent, Joe Linta. The statement said he'll immediately begin chemotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston.

"The Cleveland Browns are aware of Joe's situation and will continue to support him and his family in their time of need," the Browns said in a statement on Friday. "While in Cleveland, Joe's leadership and strength were enormous both on the field and in the locker room. If anyone can fight through this, it is Joe."

Andruzzi was the first free agent signing of the Romeo Crennel/Phil Savage Era. He started at left guard the last two seasons, making 13 starts in 2005 and 14 last season.

Andruzzi, 31, has played 10 NFL seasons since entering the league as undrafted rookie out of Division II Southern Connecticut State with the Packers in 1997. He was a starter on New England's Super Bowl championship teams in 2001, 2003 and 2004 before following Crennel to Cleveland in the spring of 2005.