George Yarno diagnosed with cancer, will coach through treatment

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars got some sad news from their coaching staff, as offensive line coach George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer.

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer, the team revealed on Thursday afternoon after organized team activities. Yarno missed Wednesday's practice session but was back on the field coaching on Thursday.

Yarno told the Jaguars that he plans to coach while undergoing treatment for his cancer, but will undoubtedly miss some time while going through the treatment.

"George today let Luke [Butkus] take the helm and ran the meetings and when he’s not here, he’ll be comfortable and Luke did a great job the last two days," center Mike Brewster told Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union. "We’ll stay positive for George and keep him in our thoughts."

The team did not disclose what type of cancer Yarno was diagnosed with and he did not speak with the media after practice. George Yarno is in his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been coaching offensive line since 1991, when he took a job at Washington State, his alma mater. Yarno played a decade in the NFL, originally signing as an undrafted free agent in 1979 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has been coaching in the NFL since 2008.

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