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Cowboys Star Travis Frederick Issues Serious Health Update

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: A Dallas Cowboys helmet at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Travis Frederick is one of the NFL's top centers. He missed the team's recent preseason game with what were called stingers, but the situation seems more serious than that.

Frederick put out a statement, updating his status moments ago.

The four-time Pro Bowler is a crucial member of one of the NFL's best offensive lines. He has made first or second-team All-Pro in three of the last four years, after being drafted in the late first round of the 2013 season.

Travis Frederick revealed that he has been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome.

From Frederick, via Twitter:

According to the Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a "rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves."

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These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.

The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. But it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.

The illness sounds pretty horrifying, but luckily, it sounds like it was caught early, and most people recover from it.

That being said, it doesn't sound like he's particularly close to resuming football activities. Hopefully, he will be able to resume his career soon, but the most important thing is for Frederick to get healthy.

Our thoughts go out to him as he battles this illness.