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David Akers' Missed Playoff Kicks Came During Daughter's Cancer Scare

Jan 30, 2011 – 12:13 PM
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After Eagles' kicker David Akers missed field goals of 41 and 34 yards in his teams' 21-16 loss to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs, Quintin Mikell told reporters that Akers was distracted by a family issue.

Akers' agent denied any personal issues clouded his performance, and Akers himself had been mum on the issue until he told The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday that his 6-year-old daughter, Halley had a malignant cyst in her left ovary that was removed in the week after the game.

"They used the word tumor or cyst or growth," Akers told the Inquirer. "And you're like, 'OK, what does that mean?' Cancer is what that means."

According to early tests, doctors are hopeful that they removed the entire malignant tumor. Even if Halley remains cancer-free she likely will also eventually have to have her right ovary removed and receive blood tests each month for the rest of the year.

"I think a lot of it is the unknown for us, and still not knowing, still kind of holding on," Akers told the newspaper. "You just don't think this is going to happen to your kid."

Akers will be the NFC's kicker in Sunday's Pro Bowl.
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