Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed late Tuesday he had a cancerous mole removed from his skin recently. The announcement cleared up confusion over his health that had spiked Tuesday evening due to an incomplete report on the team’s website.
Marrone’s statement, released by the team:
“During a recent doctor’s visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed. The only follow-up required is to have my moles checked every three months, and that basically is the end of the story. The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward.”
The Bills had posted a story on their website and their mobile phone application earlier Tuesday with a headline, “Coach Marrone announces he has cancer.”
It said the announcement was made “today” and included the phrase, Marrone has a “BLANK TYPE OF CANCER.” The story also stated the cancer was non-aggressive and treatable.
Marrone, 49, is entering his second season as Bills head coach. He directed Buffalo to a 6-10 record last season.
Marrone spoke with reporters at length on Tuesday morning, the first day of voluntary offseason conditioning workouts for the Bills’ players. He looked fit, appeared in good spirits and made no mention of any health problems.
“Obviously we’re extremely excited as coaches and as an organization when the players start coming back in this building,” Marrone said.
The Bills’ players are beginning nine weeks of spring training at the team’s Orchard Park facility. The workouts are voluntary, according to National Football League rules, but the vast majority of the players are participating.