Jesse Williams will undergo kidney surgery this Thursday, May 28 - 10 days after the Seahawks announced the defensive tackle had been diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll revealed the date of Williams' upcoming procedure following his team's first Organized Team Activity, held Tuesday at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
"His attitude is good," Carroll said of the 24-year-old Williams. "It's been a hard couple weeks since he got the news, but now that it's coming to game time he's ready to go. Talked about bouncing back quickly and getting back on his feet and going again. I wouldn't expect anything less from Jesse. "
Williams was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has yet to play in a game after knee injuries kept him sidelined through his first two seasons.
"He's a battler all the way," Carroll said. "He's been up against it, too. He's fought some difficult fights, and he's fighting another one - maybe the fight of a young man's life.
"We'll be there with him and hope to pull him through."
Through a statement released by the team last week, Williams emphasized his "ultimate goal" is to return to football.
"Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this," said Williams. "I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!"