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ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Football Team’s Head Coach, Ron Rivera, told his team Thursday that he has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer following a self check, as reported by ESPN’s Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The first year Washington head coach also relayed that the cancer was caught early and it is “very treatable and curable.” After consulting with both team and outside doctors, Rivera is working to establish a treatment plan going forward.

The diagnosis comes a shock to the 58-year old  coach who admitted “I was stunned. But I was angry because I feel like I feel like I’m in best health I’ve been in.” Rivera’s players were just as surprised by the news. “Some were stunned. A bunch came up and wished me well. I said, ‘I’m going to be a little more cranky, so don’t piss me off’” said Rivera.

Rivera also made it clear that he plans to continue coaching through treatment.

Rivera made sure to praise the team doctors, trainers and health-care specialists for helping him through this ordeal. He also thanked Daniel Snyder and his family and the Washington Organizations, as well as the fans.

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