It has been revealed that Washington Football Team's head coach, Ron Rivera, has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck, a type of cancer.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to break the news of Rivera's diagnosis and he reported that Rivera said that the cancer is thankfully “very treatable and curable.”
According to ESPN, "Rivera said he found a lump on his neck in early July, and when it didn't go away after a couple of weeks, he visited a doctor. He said he was told of the cancer two weeks ago."
With that, Rivera will continue to coach his football team as per usual but he does have a secondary plan in case.
According to skincancer.org, squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer and it "is caused by DNA damage that leads to abnormal changes (mutations) in the squamous cells in the outermost layer of skin."
The Washington Football Team will open their 2020 season at home on September 13 against NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.