Washington coach Rivera says he has cancer

Washington head coach Ron Rivera told ESPN’s Adam Schefter 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 says the cancer is in the early stages and is considered “very treatable and curable.”

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

Rivera, 58, said 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 the plan for now is to continue coaching.

“Doctors encouraged me to do it, too,” he told Schefter. “They said, ‘If you feel strongly, do it. Don’t slow down, do your physical activities.’ But everyone keeps telling me by week 3 or 4, you’ll start feeling it.”

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

“I’m going through the proper treatment,” he said. “This will be fine.”

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