Chris Mortensen Is Expected To Return To ESPN After Taking A Leave Due To Throat Cancer


In January, ESPN senior NFL analyst and insider Chris Mortensen announced that he was diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer. He has since been on a leave of absence to focus on his treatment and recovery.

But after months of treatment, Mortensen has some good news, he’s expected to return to ESPN sometime this fall.

In a press release, Mortensen gave an update on his health conditions:


“I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment. The Stage IV throat (oropharyngel) cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.

“I do have scheduled exams and scans during the next three months to monitor my status but my oncologists have directed me to recover and rehab from the treatments that have resulted in lengthy hospitalization, significant weight loss, strength, endurance and related health issues. I am following instructions to overcome these challenges.

“My return-to-work status has variables with no definitive target date but I anticipate being able to participate in NFL coverage on a limited basis as the 2016 season gets underway.

ESPN has said all along whenever Mort was able to return to work, “his chair on our set will be waiting”

Now although Mort hasn’t been all cleared of cancer, he feels his health is good enough for him to return to work.