Carolina Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson reveals he recently had stroke – but wants to play on Sunday

Henry Anderson revealed he suffered a stroke in October.
CNN  — 

Henry Anderson, a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, revealed on Wednesday that he suffered a “minor stroke” in October, and that he’s hopeful of returning to action on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

On October 22, a day before the Panthers faced Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Anderson was admitted to the hospital after feeling numbness in his legs and arms as well as experiencing his speech slurring.

“We got it resolved pretty quickly,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “It was a stroke, so it’s basically like a blood clot in your brain.”

After a few days in the hospital, Anderson was released and put on the reserve/non-football injury list on October 25, but the reason wasn’t known until Wednesday.

“I didn’t know much about strokes, but I found out more about them and realized I got pretty lucky avoiding anything serious and long-term,” Anderson said.