Panthers reserve offensive lineman Andrew McDonald is recovering from surgery to remove testicular cancer last month, and says the cancer has not spread.
McDonald, 25, who joined the Panthers as a practice squad member last season, said he noticed a "little bump" and mentioned it to a team physician during a physical May 19. An ultrasound revealed the cancer, and he had surgery the following day to remove it.
"It was obviously surprising. Then they scheduled surgery for the next day, so it kind of hits you at once," McDonald said Wednesday. "I just kind of made up my mind not to get down, not to let it affect me, as much as I could. Just stay positive, and obviously it's worked out. Thank God for that."
McDonald said doctors believe they caught the cancer before it spread. He said the incision is healing well and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next month.
McDonald also talked for the first time Wednesday about the Miami Dolphins' hazing scandal. McDonald was "Player A" in the Ted Wells report that looked into the bullying of Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
According to the Wells report, McDonald "frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching," and was spoken to in a demeaning, homophobic way.
The Wells report also states former Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner gave McDonald a male blow-up doll as a Christmas gift in 2012 during McDonald's rookie season.
"I just kind of saw it as rookie -- picking on the rookies and stuff. And just kind of playing around, messing with them," McDonald said. "But some people goes a little too far sometimes. That's pretty much it."
McDonald was asked whether the bullying had gone too far with him.
"I don't think I want to get into that, really," he said.