Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced on Tuesday he had a cancerous mole removed from his skin and that it won't affect his ability to continue coaching.
WKBW's Jeff Russo provided the news:
#Bills HC Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole on his skin found during a recent doctors visit.— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) April 23, 2014
Statement from Doug Marrone "The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward." #Bills— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) April 23, 2014
#Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone says he had a cancerous mole found on his skin. It has been removed. Won't effect ability to coach team.— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) April 23, 2014
Word of this development began spreading earlier on Tuesday when the team's official website published an article saying Marrone had "BLANK TYPE OF CANCER," as Buffalo News' Tim Graham pointed out on Twitter:
Odd story on Buffalo Bills web site says Doug Marrone has "BLANK TYPE OF CANCER" http://t.co/mZmb7UzCgS— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) April 23, 2014
That article was eventually deleted, though, and there has yet to be an explanation. It appears as though an article was pre-written before Marrone's doctor's visit and then accidentally published, but whatever happened exactly, it doesn't matter now.
The good news now is that this is far less serious than originally thought.
Following stints in the NFL with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, Marrone began his head coaching career with Syracuse in 2009. After four seasons with the Orange, that included two bowl wins and an 8-5 record in 2012, he took the job with Buffalo prior to last season.
Marrone led the Bills to a 6-10 record, and although the team hasn't seen the postseason since the turn of the century, there is optimism with lots of young talent throughout the roster and the 49-year-old at the helm.
Now that he's been given a clean bill of health, Marrone can get back to preparing for May's NFL draft as he gets set for his second season with the Bills.