Texans head trainer Geoff Kaplan does not want any credit for helping save the life of offensive lineman David Quessenberry during OTAs in June.

Quessenberry reiterated on Tuesday what he said last week – that he could have died on the practice field if not for the quick thinking of Kaplan.

“I don’t want to make it a bigger deal than what people are already doing,” Kaplan said Tuesday about Quessenberry’s battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I just saw something strange going on and tried to do the right thing.

“We do it all because it’s our job, but every once and awhile, it’s nice to take a step back and know that you really changed someone’s life, and that’s kind of special.”

Quessenberry has been undergoing treatment since Kaplan sent him to the medical center to be examined by Dr. James Muntz, one of the Texans’ physicians. They found two liters of fluid in his lungs and a lymphoma mass in his chest.

“Yeah, he was the one who told me to go into the hospital because I looked really, really bad,” Quessenberry said about Kaplan. “If he hadn’t told me to go, I might have drowned from the fluid in my lungs. I owe him a great deal.”

Kaplan, who joined the Oilers’ training staff in 1994, was hired away from Tennessee six years ago. He keeps a close eye on his players year round.

“I knew something wasn’t right,” he said about watching Quessenberry during the OTAs. “It was gut instinct, and I acted on it. I’m glad I made the right decision.

“We sent him to Dr. Muntz’s office, and Jim kind of took over from there and got the ball rolling.

“No way in my wildest dreams did I think he had cancer. I couldn’t believe it. I was devastated. I knew he’d been sick for a couple of days. I thought maybe he had pneumonia or some sort of lung infection. We were all heartbroken here.”

Kaplan and his assistants won the NFL’s Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award in 2013. Quessenberry would be happy to cast his ballot for them every year.