Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills released a statement to confirm that he indeed had a cancerous mole removed but that he is treating the situation and seems to be coming out of this scary situation alright.
** END UPDATE **
Buffalo Bills fans, and just general NFL fans, are a bit befuddled by a story that was published on the Buffalo Bills official team website before being taken down. The story in question is rather serious as the article, which was spotted by NFL blogger Nick St. Denis, was to announce that Bills head coach Doug Marrone has cancer.
The article has since been taken down but has installed the notion in everyone’s mind that Marrone might be battling some kind of cancer and an announcement on the matter is pending. It could also be that the Bills website was hacked, but the silence on the matter from the Bills is a bit troubling.
Deadspin grabbed a screenshot of the article before sit was taken down by the Bills.
Now, this isn’t a small issue to skate around and if it ends up being true, it would be the second head coach in three years to have been diagnosed with cancer while actively coaching. We all remember the hardship that Indianapolis colts head coach Chuck Pagano went through when he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2012 but thankfully he pulled through.
All eyes and ears will be on the Buffalo Bills tomorrow as we’ll see if they fill in the blank on Marrone’s cancer or admit that this was one of the cruelest hacks to have occurred on an NFL site.