Rivera re­veals he has lymph node cancer

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

Wash­ing­ton coach Ron Rivera told ESPN that he has been di­ag­nosed with what he called lymph node cancer af­ter a self check.

Rivera shared the news with his team Thurs­day night but said the cancer is in the early stages and is con­sid­ered “very treat­able and cur­able.”

“I was stunned,” Rivera said. “But I was an­gry be­cause I feel like I’m in best health I’ve been in.”

Rivera, 58, said that he felt a lump in his neck in early July and that he saw a doc­tor a few weeks later when it didn’t go away. He has con­sulted with a num­ber of doc­tors and spe­cial­ists and is es­tab­lish­ing a treat­ment plan with the team and an out­side spe­cial­ist.

Rivera said he plans to con­tinue coach­ing. He also said a “Plan B” is in place for the team if he can’t coach but de­clined to get into specifics.

Brennaman off Fox NFL games

Thom Brennaman will not be call­ing NFL games on Fox af­ter us­ing an anti-gay slur on the air dur­ing a Reds broad­cast.

Fox Sports is­sued a state­ment Thurs­day that said “we are mov­ing for­ward with our NFL schedule, which will not in­clude him.” Fox also said Brennaman’s re­marks were “ab­hor­rent, un­ac­cept­able and not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the val­ues of Fox Sports.”

Brennaman had been a part of Fox’s NFL an­nouncer lineup since they started tele­vis­ing the league in 1994. He was part of the No. 3 an­nounc­ing team last sea­son with an­a­lyst Chris Spiel­man and re­porter Shan­non Spake. He also had called MLB games for the net­work from 1996 to 2014 and called Cubs games on WGN from 1990 to ’95.

The Reds an­nounced late Wed­nes­day that Brennaman, 56, was sus­pended. He is­sued an on­air apol­ogy dur­ing the Reds game that night, ac­knowl­edg­ing his ca­reer might be in jeop­ardy, and fur­ther apol­o­gized in a let­ter to the Cincin­nati En­quirer.

Chiefs won’t al­low head­dresses

The Chiefs will pro­hibit the wear­ing of Na­tive Amer­i­can head­dresses, face paint and cloth­ing at Ar­row­head Sta­dium. They also are dis­cussing the fu­ture of the iconic tom­a­hawk chop as they ad­dress what many con­sider racist im­agery as­so­ci­ated with their fran­chise.

The team said in a state­ment that the changes came af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions that work closely on is­sues that af­fect Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

In­jury re­port

Browns cor­ner­back Kevin John­son re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter lac­er­at­ing his liver when rookie tight end Har­ri­son Bryant landed on him while the two bat­tled for a pass. John­son, who was ex­pected to be the start­ing nickel back, is rest­ing com­fort­ably and will stay in the hospi­tal for at least an­other 24 hours for ob­ser­va­tion.

Chiefs wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill left mid­way through prac­tice with a right ham­string in­jury af­ter pulling up while at­tempt­ing to catch a long pass dur­ing a one-onone drill. The sever­ity of the in­jury was not im­me­di­ately known.

AP

Wash­ing­ton coach Ron Rivera said that his cancer is treat­able and that he plans to con­tinue coach­ing.

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