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Kyle Peko excused from first day of Buffalo Bills training camp for ailing wife

The Bills’ defensive tackle is going through hell.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The only player on the Buffalo Bills roster not in attendance at Thursday’s open of training camp was defensive tackle Kyle Peko. After the team announced he was excused for personal reasons, Peko took to Instagram to explain what was happening.

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Another tough good bye today... leaving home is never easy and leaving you guys here is even harder but this time around has taken its toll I think on all of us! I sit here at the airport reflecting on the last month and a half and my time with my wife and my kids and my family I’m just so grateful for every moment. My wife especially, Some may know and some may not but my wife was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma about a month ago. 1st I would ask all of you to please pray for her and our family and send just positive vibes our way! 2nd to my fighter I hate to leave you during this time but we are faith driven and what is presented with us and what is is set ahead is all apart of his PERFECT PLAN! You are a strong, intelligent and beautiful girl who I’m lucky to mine. The examples you set day in and day out for our kids and even for me are unmatched! You are the rock of this family and the strongest person I know so what you are BATTLING stands no chance. Stick with the plan trust in the Drs. And have faith that God is with you in your journey ahead along with all of us! You are so loved and so respected you have so many people in your corner and that just speaks volumes to the kind of person You are and the kind person I strive to be! I love you babe forever no matter what!!!! We promised! As long as I go up to NY and kick ass youll be here kicking ass! So I hold you to it. #fuckcancer

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The statement revealed that Peko’s wife, Giuliana, was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are part of the body’s immune system.

Peko was signed to Buffalo’s practice squad in September 2018, spending the entire season there after his release from the Denver Broncos practice squad on September 11th. He’s played in seven NFL games, all for Denver, since signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He had been on and off Denver’s roster more than six times in three years.

Peko is expected to be at practice Friday morning, saying “As long as I go up to NY and kick ass youll [sic] be here kicking ass!”