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Ron Rivera diagnosed with lymph node cancer

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Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer though it's in the early stages and is very treatable and curable, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay has confirmed.  

The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday night.  

Rivera informed the Washington Football Team on Thursday night and expects to continue working as head coach of the team, although the organization has a Plan B in place. The coach is working with the team's medical staff as well as an outside expert. 

Below is the information as tweeted by Schefter:

Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera tells me he has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer after a self check. Rivera shared the news with his team tonight but says the cancer is in the early stages and is considered “very treatable and curable”. The 58-year-old Ron Rivera has consulted with a number of doctors and specialists and is establishing a treatment plan with the team and an outside specialist. For now, it’s business as usual for Washington but a “Plan B” is in place. Rivera wants to pass along his gratitude to team doctors, trainers and health-care specialists for helping him through treatments. He also wants to thank the Snyders, the entire Washington organization, his assistant coaches, players, fans, friends and family for love and support. Ron Rivera to ESPN on his reaction to the news that he had lymph node cancer: "I was stunned. But I was angry because I feel like I feel like I’m in best health I’ve been in."

 

Rivera took over the Washington organization in January after an impressive nine-year run as head coach in Carolina where he took the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015 and twice won Coach of the Year. 

Stay tuned for more information on this developing situation.