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Montgomery says sickle-cell trait symptom kept him out of Packers-Falcons game

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 16:23:32-04
 A member of the Packers' often-depleted wide receiver corps says he missed Sunday's game with a symptom of a trait that causes a sometimes life-long illness.
 
Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery told reporters including NBC26's Andy McDonnell that he missed Sunday's game at Atlanta due to a symptom of sickle cell trait.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky says that doctors believe the symptom is not career-threatening. Montgomery could play Sunday against Indianapolis. 
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that sickle cell disease involves a red blood cell disorder that affects the hemoglobin, a protein carrying oxygen through the body.
 
Someone with sickle-cell disease usually has about a 40-60 year life expectancy. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that not everyone who has the trait has the disease, but they can hereditarily send the trait to their children.
 
Montgomery did not initially divulge more details Monday.