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Haynesworth thanks new 'family' of potential kidney donors

Thu Jul 18 5:37pm ET

In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (95) talks with former teammate Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) after an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defenseman Albert Haynesworth says on social media that he needs a kidney transplant. He shared a photo of himself in a hospital bed and wrote that his kidney failed him on Sunday, July 7, 2019 and hes looking for a donor.(AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has recovered enough to receive treatment outside a hospital as his search for a new kidney continues.

The 38-year-old Haynesworth posted an update Thursday on Instagram of his first dialysis treatment outside the hospital, thanking staff at Williamson Medical Center for draining more than 12 pounds of fluids from in and around his lungs.

Haynesworth also thanked everyone supporting him through his new ordeal. He also calls those who have reached out to see if they could be a kidney donor his new family, saying words can't describe his feelings for people willing to share such a blessing.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center had more than 1,000 calls and offers to donate a kidney or ask about the process within the first day of Haynesworth sharing news on July 10 that his kidneys had failed due to disease. Haynesworth wrote in his post that the hospital will be in touch with a blood test to see whether the would-be donor is a match.

Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL, including the first seven with the Titans who selected him No. 15 overall in the 2002 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He also played for Washington, New England and Tampa Bay.

He was selected as an All-Pro after the 2007 and 2008 seasons and had 30 1/2 sacks in 123 games.

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