Ron Rivera called his players together to deliver the “tough news” of his skin cancer diagnosis on Thursday night and by Saturday morning ripped into them for a practice that didn’t meet his standards.
Washington’s coach knows he’ll struggle during treatment for squamous cell carcinoma but doesn’t want his health to be a focus. There’s a plan B in place for defensive coordinator amd Jack Del Rio to take over the coaching when necessary, but Rivera got a good prognosis from doctors about making a full recovery. He wants his team to be “business as usual” and concentrate on football.
“I can’t wait to get started and get this thing over with and go forward,” Rivera said. “I understand the significance of what I’m going to be going through. I understand how tough it’s going to be. Those days that I can be on the field I will be on the field, and those days that I can’t, I won’t.”
Seahawks scare: Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Branden Jackson was “knocked out” and taken off the field on a backboard as a precaution after being injured during the team’s scrimmage.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Jackson had movement in all his extremities. Carroll ended the scrimmage after a lengthy break while Jackson was being treated, and Jackson was eventually taken to a hospital as a precaution.
• Offensive lineman Kyle Fuller, a Seahawks backup, was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Browns injuries: Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson was released from the hospital Saturday after suffering a lacerated liver Wednesday during practice. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week-by-week basis.”
Also, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb practiced Saturday — on a limited basis — after sustaining a concussion Monday. Chubb was hurt when linebacker Mack Wilson tackled him and Chubb’s helmet bounced off the turf.
Fitzpatrick back: Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday after a one-day absence for personal reasons.