Jags OL coach Yarno has cancer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer but will continue to work while he receives treatment for the disease.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the team isn't releasing details of the cancer or treatment out of privacy for Yarno and his family, but he also said that Yarno recently received some good news regarding his prognosis.
"He's received some positive news on his treatment options and how we're going to go about attacking it," Bradley said. "He's confident in the treatment plan, felt really good at the initial part of it, and the plan that the doctors have. He's actually excited about it, about getting after this battle.
"[We want him to] know that he just has our full support through this whole thing."
Bradley said the players were told of Yarno's condition on Thursday morning, and center Mike Brewster said the offensive linemen have already rallied around their coach.
"He knows he's going to be in all our prayers," Brewster said. "I think it'll be good for him just to be around here and still do football and keep his mind off it. He loves football as much as anyone I've ever met.
"It was kind of a shock at first for him, but after that everything was positive as far as going forward with it. That's kind of what everyone's going to focus on, just the positive, and that everything's going to be all right down the road."
Bradley said Yarno will work as much as possible and that when he is receiving treatment assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus will handle his duties.
The 56-year-old Yarno is in his 24th year as an assistant coach (seven in the NFL) and his second season with the Jaguars. He previously coached with the Buccaneers and Lions.