Jaguars coach diagnosed with cancer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Veteran Jacksonville Jaguars line coach George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer.

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley did not disclose the type of cancer Yarno has, but says he will not be taking a leave of absence from the team. He did say Yarno would miss some practice time with the team due to his treatment schedule.

Yarno was at the Jaguars OTA practice on Thursday but spent most of his time on the sidelines. Assistant line coach Luke Butkus handled most of the individual drills.

Yarno has coached for 23 years including six years in the NFL. He joined the Jaguars coaching staff as offensive line coach in January of 2013.

The 55-year-old Yarno also had NFL coaching stops in Tampa Bay and Detroit.

The Jaguars released this statement:

Offensive line coach George Yarno underwent tests over the past week and advised the club that he has been diagnosed with cancer. George was informed he can receive treatment and feels confident in the plan that has been put in place. George is ready to attack his treatment head on.

The Jaguars fully support George and his family as his treatment will take him away from the office at times. We ask that you respect George's privacy at this time.


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