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Travis Frederick announces that he has Guillain Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disease

An update from Travis Frederick himself.

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There’s been a lot going on with Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick and the status of his health.

The All-Pro was dealing with was thought of as a stinger during the team’s final days out in Oxnard, so much so that he went and sought an opinion from someone in Los Angeles. When the Cowboys returned home to Frisco he went and saw a specialist in the area, and while Jerry Jones has seemed confident that Frederick will play in Week 1, doubt has lingered.

Travis Frederick tweeted an update on his health status on Wednesday meeting. Read below.

Frederick tells us that he has been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disease. He notes that while his doctors have said that it is “not possible to determine a time table for a return to the field right now” he is maintaining hope that he can be able to play “as soon as possible.”

Here is a description of the rare disorder:

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system—the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. GBS can range from a very mild case with brief weakness to nearly devastating paralysis, leaving the person unable to breathe independently. Fortunately, most people eventually recover from even the most severe cases of GBS. After recovery, some people will continue to have some degree of weakness.

Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anyone. It can strike at any age (although it is more frequent in adults and older people) and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. GBS is estimated to affect about one person in 100,000 each year.

As of now all we have on this is what Travis announced to the world himself. We’ll keep you updated here at BTB as more information becomes available. We’re all hoping for the best for Travis.

Update 8:04pm ET

ESPN’s Todd Archer reported Travis Frederick’s injury along with everyone else, but he added a detail that had not been seen before now. Archer notes that according to multiple sources, Travis could miss multiple weeks through his recovery.

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