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Washington HC Ron Rivera diagnosed with squamous cell cancer
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Washington HC Ron Rivera diagnosed with squamous cell cancer
Published: Aug 20, 2020 at 09:20 PM
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Michael Baca
NFL.com Digital Content Producer
The Washington Football Team will be rallying around its head coach in 2020.
Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports, per a Washington Football Team spokesman.
ESPN first reported the news.
Rivera, 58, will continue coaching this season, per Garafolo. In a statement released by the team, Rivera's cancer is in an early stage and is considered very treatable and curable, which provides a good prognosis for the coach. The team also announced a "Plan B" is in place if it is determined that Rivera should take some time off.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although it is not considered life-threatening, the cancer can be aggressive.
Washington hired Rivera in late December after an eight-and-a-half-season tenure with the Carolina Panthers. Rivera led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 and was twice recognized as the AP NFL Coach of the Year during his time in Carolina.
Rivera has been involved in the NFL for over 35 years. A second-round draft pick out of the University of California, Berkeley, Rivera played nine years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1984-92, which included a win in Super Bowl XX. Rivera's coaching career would also be jump-started in Chicago when he became the Bears' defensive coordinator in 2004
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